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Watch: Rob Gronkowski Says This Is One Of the Hardest Hits He's Taken

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FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 9: A General view of Gillette Stadium during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots on September 9, 2002 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 30-14. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski said that the hit he took from Seattle safety Earl Thomas is one of the hardest hits he's taken in his career.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL. He's also one of the biggest. But that didn't stop Gronk from getting walloped in the Patriots' game against the Seahawks.

In a rematch of Super Bowl 49, Gronk ran up the seam and caught the eye of Tom Brady, who tried to force the ball between two players. Safety Earl Thomas also had his eye on the Patriots tight end, and swooped in to deliver a nasty hit.

Gronk complemented Thomas' hit, and said it was one of the hardest of his career:

“Yeah, that was a big hit for sure; probably one of the hardest I’ve got hit in my career for sure. [It was] by a good player; a good fast player who’s like a missile. It was a good, clean hit; nothing against it. I just took it and it just knocked the wind out of me a little bit, that’s all. If you’ve ever gotten the wind knocked out of you, you know what that feels like. Just down for about a minute or two, it’s a little tough to breathe, but once it comes back, you’re good.”

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Thomas packs a wallop, even if it's against one of the biggest players in football.

[Deadspin]