INDIANAPOLIS — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught two passes for 26 yards Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI, just two weeks removed from a high ankle sprain he suffered in the AFC Championship.
Asked about his health, Gronkowski said “I was good. I was 100 percent out there doing everything they asked me to do.”
Asked if he took a cortisone shot to help with any pain, he said no.
Despite his assurances, the Patriots’ all-pro tight end was not his usually effective self and played limited snaps in the game, a 21-17 loss to the New York Giants. He was targeted three times by quarterback Tom Brady. On his third target, a jump ball that Brady floated 40 yards down field, Giants LB Chase Blackburn intercepted the pass in front of him.
“[Blackburn] just made a good play,” Gronkowski said. “He boxed me out pretty well. He went up and got the ball. He made a pretty good play there.”
On the final play of the game, a desperation Hail Mary, tight end Aaron Hernandez got a hand on the ball to tip it in his direction, but he couldn’t pull it down.
“It was a jump ball play,” he said. “Aaron did a good job of tipping the ball [and] deflecting it. We almost had it, but almost isn’t enough.
“Our team has been through a lot,” Gronkowski continued. “We all stick together. We were grinding all season long, we’re all dedicated. Just to come up short, on the very last game, we didn’t accomplish the goal. It’s definitely hard. But we’re a team, we stick together. We all dedicated ourselves. We’ve got to be proud of ourselves for getting this far, to the Super Bowl.”