Rob Gronkowski Says CTE is “Fixable” and Claims He “Fixed” His Own

Spoiler alert: he's wrong

Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots in 2013. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots in 2013. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / September 15, 2019 3:23 pm

Former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski said in a recent interview that he’s suffered “probably like 20 concussions” over the course of his career, five of which resulted in blackouts. But as Deadspin points out, Gronk doesn’t seem to concerned about lasting damage. On Friday (Sept. 13th), in a Twitter exchange with co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation Chris Nowinski, the former tight end claimed that CTE is “fixable” and that he had “fixed” his own case of the disease.

Nowinski, who also wrote Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis and holds a PhD in behavioral neuroscience, pushed back, reminding the football player that there is no cure for CTE and that neurodegenerative diseases “eventually win.”

It’s also worth noting that despite all the blows to the head he’s suffered in his career, there’s currently no way to know for certain whether or not Gronkowski actually has CTE. As Yahoo points out, the only way to definitively diagnose CTE is after death in a postmortem neuropathological analysis.

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