Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski Says He’d Rather Suffer a Concussion Than A Knee Injury

Despite some high-profile injuries and former 49ers player Chris Borland’s departure from the league over health concerns, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski believes that he would still prefer a concussion to a torn ACL.

Appearing on Showtime’s Jim Rome Show on Wednesday, the football player made some jokes about whether he would prefer a concussion or knee injury. The tight end acknowledged that while a concussion may keep him out of play for a time period, a torn ACL could potentially end a season.

Here’s his exchange with Rome (which elicited much laughter from the audience):

Gronkowski: So, if we’re sitting here and I had to choose, would I take a concussion right now or would I want my knee blown out, I’m gonna say a concussion.

Rome: Still?

Gronkowski: Yeah. Why would I want to sit there for eight months and not do anything when, with a concussion, I’ll just wake up and I’ll be ready to go again.

Rome: But what if, for instance, as a result of that concussion or more, you’re 50, and all of a sudden, like some of these guys, you get on a plane and you can’t remember where you’re going, or you’re driving around a neighborhood that you’ve been in a million times and you can’t remember how to get home?

Gronkowski: That happens all the time. I mean I don’t even know how I got to my hotel last night.

In December 2013, Gronkowski suffered both a concussion and a right knee injury, tearing both his ACL and MCL (the latter injury cutting short his season).

He eventually returned for the 2014 season and that same year, Gronkowski said that it’s “pretty obvious” he would prefer a concussion with a quicker return-to-play than long-term rehabilitation for —> Read More