Rob Gronkowski details just how difficult last season was

By WEEI 93.7

It was clear watching Rob Gronkowski play last season that he wasn't the same player he once was.

The Patriots tight end wasn't as fast as he had been in the past and at points in the regular season he wasn't the game-changing player he had been known to be.

Appearing on Barstool Radio Thursday, Gronkowski admitted he lost a step and shared just how difficult things were for him.

"I 100 percent lost a step, I can tell you that." he said. "I 100 percent lost a step (last year). I actually lost like three steps some games. I didn’t even want to be out there on the field. I was like, ‘Yo, I feel like complete ass. Coach, put Dwayne (Allen) in, I don’t even care.’ I was at that point. And then when you’re at that point, you know you have to walk away from the game. I was halfway through the season and I wasn’t going to walk away from the game."

Gronkowski did pick his play up in the three playoff games, which he acknowledged was the case.

"I would say when it came down to playoff time, it just takes you to the next stratosphere in a way of competing in football," he said.

The former tight end said he's regained the step that he's lost and is in great shape, losing roughly 10 pounds in the last year.

So, could he one day return to the game?

“I love competing and I don’t know, man," Gronkowski said. "I would say the door will always be open. I am only 30 years old. I am in better shape than ever. I would say there have been like three times that I was like, ‘Dang, man I wish I was playing. I kind of miss it.’ Those times lasted like an hour each time. It has to last like literally like a month straight, like ‘Man, I have to play football.’”

Gronkowski is in Miami this week doing work for FOX Sports and also hosting his beach party on Saturday.