‘His Toughness Is on Another Level’ – Rob Gronkowski Blown Away With How Tom Brady Played With a Torn MCL

Published 07/30/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski celebrates scoring their first touchdown with Tom Brady REUTERS/Eve Edelheit


Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski will go down in the history books as one of the most dominant duos to ever play in the NFL. After winning three Super Bowls together in New England, the duo joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021 to claim their fourth Super Bowl title together. 

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While Gronk has four Super Bowls to his name, Tom Brady has a record-setting seven. But perhaps what makes Brady’s most recent Super Bowl win more impressive is the fact that he played through the entire campaign with a torn MCL. 

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl LV REUTERS/Brian Snyder

No one was aware of the extent of Brady’s injury as the quarterback kept the information to himself. Not wishing to be a distraction, the legendary quarter played through the pain and guided his side to their second Super Bowl title. 

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Showcasing unreal mental resilience, Brady’s long-time teammate couldn’t help but laud the quarterback for his toughness.  

Rob Gronkowski forever in awe of Tom Brady

Speaking to the media after training, Rob Gronkowski was asked about his take on Tom Brady and how the quarterback dealt with the serious injury last season.

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“Tom’s toughness is to another level. Sometimes, you don’t even know what he’s dealing with and he’s just dealing with it on his own. And that just shows another level of toughness,” he said.

“Just to go through it and not putting it on anyone else and just dealing with it in your inner circle, which is just a huge sign of just mental toughness,” Gronk added. 

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While Gronkowski was unaware of Brady’s injury, his mental toughness is something that Gronkowski has always been aware of. And it’s something that makes the tight end respect the quarterback immensely. 

“Going out there and just being able to perform at a high level. He’s been always showing that toughness mentality throughout his whole career and he just does whatever he needs to do to get it done. And it’s impressive.”

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Gronkowski and Tom Brady have both been retained by the Buccaneers franchise for 2021. Aiming to run it back, the side will open their title defence against the Dallas Cowboys on September 9.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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