Rob Gronkowski has hung up the cleats on his larger-than-life on-field persona and is taking on a new role in retirement: Mr. Recovery.
The former New England Patriots tight end has spent the five months since announcing his retirement focused on recovering from his injury-riddled NFL career.
He says CBD is the product that has helped him most, and now he’s asking the NFL and other professional sports leagues to update their stances on the substance.
“It’s just time,” he said. “It would have made a huge difference for me, I believe, during my playing career. I want the same opportunity for my friends and teammates out there.”
Over the past 20 seasons, NFL fans have been treated to the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers regularly gracing their television screens on any given Sunday.
The talent of such a group of quarterbacks is undeniable, with 10 Super Bowl victories between the quartet, as well as countless NFL records set, broken and set again.
While age may be just a number in some aspects of life, that’s not the case for professional athletes, as much as Tom Brady would like you to think so. Brady, the oldest quarterback in the league, turned 42 earlier in August. Brees is right behind him at age 40, with several other stars including Aaron Rodgers in their late thirties.
The harsh reality is that many of these quarterbacks will be out of the league within a few years – possibly even sooner than anticipated after the retirement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at the age of 29.
According to Brees, though, the league will be left in good hands.
Former MLB slugger David Ortiz posted the first photo of himself to Instagram since he was shot in the Dominican Republic in June.
The Boston Red Sox legend shared two photos alongside his daughter, Alexandria, on Sunday as he and his wife dropped her off at college.
In a heartfelt caption, Ortiz wished his daughter “good luck with everything” and left her with some parting words of wisdom.
According to Alexandria’s Instagram, she is attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The photos are the first time the public has seen Ortiz since he was shot in his native Dominican Republic on June 9. The Red Sox arranged for Ortiz to be brought to Boston for follow-up treatment. He was released from the hospital on July 27 and posted his first comments since the incident on Instagram two days later.
Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement from the NFL at age 29 did not sit well with some Indianapolis Colts fans.
The news of Luck’s decision broke during the team’s preseason game at home against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, earlier than the quarterback had hoped. That meant Luck was on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium when supporters at the game found out they had just lost their starting signal-caller.
He left the field in Indianapolis for the final time to a chorus of boos from unhappy fans.
Brady, Tom. Six feet, four inches tall. 225 pounds. 22 years old with 20 years of NFL experience.
A hysterical misprint in the New England Patriots official roster earlier this week listed the 42-year-old superstar quarterback as a full two decades younger than he actually is.
Brady noticed the error and posted a photo to his Instagram with his incorrect age circled and a message thanking the team for “finally” getting his age right.
Antonio Brown is continuing his battle against the NFL over new rules that prohibit him from using his helmet of choice after a study revealed older equipment that has been deemed unsafe by the league.
Several other high-profile players, including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, have come out in semi-support of Brown’s movement. Both quarterbacks stated displeasure with having to veer from their preferred gear but have ultimately complied with the NFL’s new guidelines thus far.
Recently, another star signal-caller expressed some distaste for his new helmet – but mostly just because of how it makes him look.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the reigning Most Valuable Player of the National Football League – and now, he’s the MVP for haircare as well.
Mahomes, who rose to fame in late 2017 when he first started under center for the Chiefs, has become known for his signature hairstyle. Young football fans in Kansas City and beyond have taken to asking their hair stylists for “The Mahomes,” a long, curly mohawk with shaved sides that the popular quarterback accessorizes with a headband during games – to keep it upright and prevent helmet hair, of course.
The 23-year-old’s iconic style has been with him since he was young. It began as a challenge with a friend to see who could grow their hair the longest before caving in and cutting it.
Mahomes powered through what he called a few “rough stages” during the growth period and quickly became attached to the longer locks. Years later, the style has become an essential part of who he is.
Days after New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told fans to “slow their roll”over rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’s perfect preseason debut, team owner John Mara is going one step further.
Mara publicly stated that he hopes the football is never even placed in Jones’s hands this season.
“I hope Eli [Manning] has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
After a bizarre few days in which Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown threatened to sit out the season over not being able to wear his preferred helmet, an arbitrator ruled on Monday that Brown does, in fact, need to wear the helmet mandated by the league.
Shortly after the decision was made public, Brown took to Instagram to comment on the matter.
The seven-time Pro Bowler made it clear that he disagrees with the arbitrator’s ruling, but is “working on getting back to full health” and looks forward to rejoining his teammates on the gridiron.
On Friday, three American fencers won gold at the Pan American Games in Peru – and one of them chose to use his platform to advocate for social change.
Race Imboden took a knee during the playing of the United States national anthemafter receiving his medal, joining the likes of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe who have made the move in the past.
“We must call for change,” Imboden said in a Twitter post on Friday. He listed racism, gun control and the treatment of immigrants among the “multiple shortcomings” he sees in the U.S. today.
On Monday, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, who has knelt during the national anthem at NFL games previously and has said he will continue to do so, took to Instagram to praise Imboden’s move.