After the Patriots' 21-17 loss in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski talked about his injured left ankle, saying that the high ankle sprain wasn't a factor.
"I was out there with the team. I was 100 percent," he said. "I was going full-go out there and doing everything I could."
Gronkowski appeared to be somewhat limited, catching just two balls for 26 yards while wearing what appeared to be significant support around the ankle. Still, he insisted after the loss that the ailment wasn't a factor.
"I was in no pain," Gronkowski said. "I was good to go today."
Gronkowski also touched on the final play of the game, in which he just missed catching Tom Brady's Hail Mary pass in the end zone as time ran out. The ball deflected off Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and fell to the ground before Gronkowski could get his hands under it.
"It was a jump-ball play and Aaron did a good job tipping the ball, deflecting it," he said. "We almost had it, but almost isn't enough. It was close.
"I saw it at the last second. It was close, but that doesn't matter at all. We didn't get it. ... I felt like I was close, but close doesn't mean anything. Close isn't all there. It doesn't matter how close I was because it didn't happen."
Gronkowski finished his second NFL season with 20 total touchdown receptions (including postseason).
"Our team has been through a lot. We all stick together," he said. "We're all grinding all season long. We're all dedicated. Just to come up short on the very last game and not accomplish the goal, it's definitely hard, but we're a team and we stick together. We all dedicated ourselves. We have to be proud of ourselves for even getting this far, to the Super Bowl."
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