If you play for the New England Patriots, you better bring your A game.
For nearly 20 years, a Patriots loss seemed like an anomaly. His six Super Bowls between 2001 and 2018 set a record that may never be achieved again.
But with such a dynasty comes high expectations, which is why Rob Gronkowski absolutely hated losing.
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Gronk won three Super Bowls with New England and never missed the playoffs, but the regular season was a grueling process for the four-time first-team All-Pro tight end.
Even the victories were hard to enjoy, he says.
“Actually, a regular season game with the Patriots, during my 20s, if we won a game, the next day it seemed like we still lost a game,” Gronkowski said on “Up & Adams.” “And if we lost a game, you felt like you were super down for two days…or like, the whole week.
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“So that’s what really made you want to win the games when you were with the Patriots, because you never wanted to feel that feeling of depression for two days after the game. You were like, ‘We’ve got to win the game. We’ve got to win the game.’ so we have a good week, so we feel good tomorrow.'”
Gronkowski is in the midst of his second retirement, but he has sparked a comeback and several teams have inquired about his services in recent months.
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He won his fourth Super Bowl as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021. Gronkowski won all four of his Super Bowls alongside Tom Brady.