Rob Gronkowski says he got hit in the head by a beer can during the Patriots’ Super Bowl parade

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Rob Gronkowski points out a cut on his face he says he suffered during the Super Bowl parade. –YouTube

Against Mayor Marty Walsh’s wishes, some of the 1.5 million parade-goers decided to chuck beer cans at the Patriots during their victory jaunt through Boston Tuesday.

With the Lombardi Trophy in tow, tight end Rob Gronkowski revealed to host Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday night that he suffered a small cut near his left eye because people kept throwing beer, among other things, at his duck boat.

“Everybody in the duck boat was juking them,” Gronkowski said. “We’re getting good practice for next season. Next thing you know, I move back a little, and I’m just chilling, looking, and then, ‘Pop!’ You see that? [points to cut] Full beer can right to the face. I was bleeding all over the parade on the duck boat. Then, my dad, he’s blocking all the next shots. You can see him he’s karate-kicking a beer flying at me.”


Fans were likely hoping to recreate a moment from the Super Bowl LI parade, in which Gronkowski caught — and spiked — several Bud Lights. After the Red Sox’ World Series parade in October, however, Walsh had advised fans not to throw beer cans at the players due to its hazardous potential.

Gronkowski, who actually postponed his appearance on Fallon’s show from Monday to Wednesday due to lingering pain from Sunday’s game, was also asked about his clutch fourth-quarter catch, his friendships with quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman, and Brady’s daughter’s adorable nickname for him.

As for whether Super Bowl LIII was his last game? The three-time champion once again stayed mum on his plans for the future.

“Right after the season, you can’t make a decision,” he said. “It’s so emotional, a big win like that. You got to settle down, you got to see how your body responds.”