Rob Gronkowski named cover athlete for Madden 17

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was named as the cover star for Madden 17 on Thursday night

There are many great honors that can be bestowed upon an NFL player throughout his career. MVPs are great and so are Super Bowl Championships. However, perhaps one of the biggest honors that doesn’t result in a trophy or ring per se is being named the cover star for EA Sports’ Madden video game. On Thursday night, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was named as the cover star for the upcoming Madden 17.

On the 6 p.m. ET edition of Sportscenter, ESPN wasted no time in revealing that Gronkowski is the newest NFL player to grace the cover of Madden with the Patriots star’s face being on Madden 17.

Obviously this a huge honor for Gronkowski and any athlete that’s ever been put on the cover of Madden. However, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that Gronk is the latest athlete to receive this honor.

Last season as there was a vote to determine which player would be on the cover of Madden, Gronk ultimately lost out to New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. when it was all said and done.

However, there was no vote for the cover star of Madden 17 and the NFL and EA Sports determined that it was Gronk’s time. Given the fact that he’s seemingly breaking a record with every reception and trip to the end zone while also being a fun-loving face of the league off of the field, it feels like he was the right choice.

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