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Rob Gronkowski would let son play football despite health risks

Rob Gronkowski revealed some sobering information about the toll playing football had on his body this week, but he nevertheless indicated he would still let his son play the sport.

In an excerpt of an upcoming interview shared Thursday by CBS News, the former New England Patriots tight end disclosed an alarming number of surgeries he has undergone. Even more troubling, Gronkowski claims to have suffered a staggeringly dangerous amount of concussions during his playing career.

“I would let my son play football, but first off I would educate him on the game,” Gronk said, as transcribed by WEEI. “Educate him on what I went through. I truly believe any injury that you receiver is fixable. I went through it. I had nine surgeries. Probably had like 20 concussions in my life, like no lie. I remember five, like blackout ones.”

Gronkowski has been making the media rounds recently to promote his new partnership with CBDMedic. While most of his appearances have showcased his charisma and outsized personality, his interview with CBS News obviously has a distinctly more serious tone. The revelations that may come from the full interview is something that bears monitoring if the excerpt is any indication.