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Rob Gronkowski is having quite a day as a cover boy.

On the same day a GQ magazine cover featuring the Patriots tight end was revealed, it was also announced Thursday that he will be on the cover of EA Sports’s “Madden 17” football video game.

“It’s a really special honor to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 17,” Gronkowski said. “It’s one of those things that pretty much every guy in the league secretly dreams of, so to actually be the one on the cover, it’s a really big deal.”

The honor is a somewhat dubious one; some believe the player featured on the Madden cover is destined to have a bad season.


Last year, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. beat the curse. He played 15 games and had 96 receptions for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Some players have been injured the season in which they’ve appeared on the cover, while others have played their way out of football not long after. However Gronkowski pointed to recent history bucking the trend. The last four players to appear on the “Madden” cover are Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (2015), Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (2014), Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (2013), and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (2012).

“It’s definitely reversed itself from back in the days,” Gronkowski said. “You’ve got to look at the players that were on it recently. You have Odell, who had an unbelievable year last year. You have Richard Sherman, who went to the Pro Bowl the year he was on it. Calvin Johnson, who broke the receiving record when he was on the cover.

“It’s the present now. It’s the future of the cover. I feel like I’ve already went through my injuries in bad times. I’m blessed to be on, and I feel like everything is going to go smoothly.”


The “Madden 17 game” will be released on Aug. 23.

Michael Whitmer of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.