Rob Gronkowski - Madden NFL 17

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of the league’s biggest stars, lands on the cover of Madden NFL 17.

Announced on SportCenter on Thursday night (May 12), Gronk serves as the first tight end to grace the cover of Madden, as well as the first Patriots player to be selected.

“My rookie year [in 2010], it was just an honor to be in the game, just using yourself as a player, throwing yourself the ball every single time you can at home, just playing the game,” Gronkowski told SportsCenter. “Now it’s a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.

“When I first found out, I was blessed. It was a surreal moment.”

Madden NFL 17 drops Aug. 23. Pre-order yours at Amazon.