By Steve Serby, New York Post
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Rob Gronkowski had a message for his beloved Patriots fans.
“My message to them is: I’m cleared, and I’m ready to roll,” Gronkowski said.
He pronounced himself “super excited” for Super Bowl LII and promised he would be “super prepared” for Super Sunday against the Eagles.
“I’ll be full go, ready to roll,” Gronkowski said.
Gronkowski was cleared in time for a full practice Thursday following his concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church. He said he has not heard from Church and didn’t believe that Church needed to reach out to him.
“It’s football, it is what it is. It’s a split second to make a decision, running full speed one way, I’m going the other way. It’s just part of the game, it happens … just gotta move on,” Gronkowski said.
This was his second concussion.
“My mindset is whenever you hit a speed bump in the road, just to get back up, keep doing what you gotta do through the process and not put yourself in more danger,” he said. “Do everything that you can right and just keep on truckin’ and get back out there.”
He never doubted he would pass the concussion protocol. He always kept a positive outlook.
“There really wasn’t any frustration level. From the beginning last week, I knew if I just took the proper tests, just did everything I had to do, I would be cleared eventually.”
He was asked if he feels relieved.
“Definitely feel relieved just to get fully through the protocol, be fully back on the field to be back with the team,” Gronkowski said.
It was tough for Gronkowski missing last year’s Super Bowl with a lower-back injury.
“It’s meaningful no matter what,” Gronkowski said. “If I did play [last year], this game would mean just as much. Every time I get a chance to play in the Super Bowl, you gotta cherish the moment to the max no matter what.”
The waiting on Saturday nigh and Sunday will be a challenge for him.
“Just gotta chill, find a way to relax, just hang out, chill with your teammates and just set your mind so you’re ready to roll on Sunday,” Gronkowski said.
He seemed to enjoy his first and last media session of the week.
“Our organization, they might have had a plan to keep me off of media for a little bit — maybe they held me out for an extra day or two, I’m not sure,” he cracked. “They knew if you can get me going, I can get going.”
He took a selfie for someone and joked about his command of Spanish with a Mexican television reporter. “Hola. Gracias,” Gronkowski said.
He reminisced about the day he was drafted. He talked about it being an honor drawing comparisons to former Giants tight end Mark Bavaro.
“Being onstage in New York City and being drafted by the Patriots, it was one of the best moments of my life,” Gronkowski said. “The last eight years flew by. To be where I’m at now is a blessing, and I’m super grateful for just being part of this organization and going onto my fourth Super Bowl now this year. You just can’t take it for granted.”