New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski only had two receptions for 26 yards during the course of his team's Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, but the man who lead the league in touchdown receptions with 17 claims that his injured left ankle had nothing to do with his performance.
"I was fine, my ankle was fine," Gronkowski said afterward, according to the Boston Herald. "I was 100 percent out there. I did everything they asked me to do."
Gronkowski also told reporters that he had no plans for surgery for the supposedly 100% ankle: "I just need to get some treatment in the offseason and I will be good to go," he said, the Herald reports.
Wide receiver Deion Branch appreciated Gronkowski's efforts: "I promise you 75 percent of the players in the NFL wouldn't have played, and this guy gutted it out for the team, and I truly appreciate him for it," Branch said, the Herald reports.