NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 27: Rob Gronkowski at a press conference announced he is becoming an advocate for CBD and will partner with Abacus Health Products, maker of CBDMEDIC Topical Pain Products on August 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for CBDMEDIC)

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Gronkowski: Football was bringing me down

10:45 AM ET Mike ReissESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009 Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski became emotional Tuesday morning when describing his decision to retire from the NFL in March. "I want to be clear to my fans. I needed to recover.