New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski Should Earn “Madden NFL 16” Cover


It’s that time of year again. EA Sports will has revealed the four finalists for the “Madden NFL 16” cover, and the winner will be announced on May 13. New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of four finalists for the honor, and without a doubt, Gronkowski is the most deserving candidate out of Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Peterson, and Antonio Brown.

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First off, Gronkowski is the only one of those players that actually won Super Bowl XLIX. That fact alone should separate Gronk from the other guys.

Beyond statistics or personal accolades, Gronkowski is simply the most entertaining player in the NFL. “Madden NFL 16” is an entertainment product; shouldn’t the cover feature the most fun-loving, spontaneous player in the league? Certainly, Gronkowski knows how to have fun better than Beckham Jr., Peterson, and Brown put together.

Nothing would sell copies of “Madden NFL 16” better than a Gronk spike on the cover.

While he is probably going to be the NFL’s best receiver within the next few seasons, Beckham Jr. isn’t quite ready for the “Madden” cover. Even if EA Sports slaps a picture of OBJ’s legendary one-handed touchdown grab on the cover, Gronkowski is more deserving of the cover nod because he has been in the league longer and is a more established brand.

Moving on to Peterson, there are so many NFL players more deserving of being in the “Madden NFL 16” cover conversation than the slumping cornerback. How Peterson landed in the sweepstakes following a down year in 2014 is beyond me. Among these four players, he has to be considered an outside shot for the “Madden NFL 16” cover.

Probably Gronkowski’s steepest competition for the “Madden NFL 16” cover is Brown, arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver. The thing is, Gronkowski is arguably the NFL’s best receiving threat, trumping Brown as an offensive weapon.

The spectacle of Gronkowski’s personality should win over the majority of the votes. Nothing would sell copies of “Madden NFL 16” better than a Gronk spike on the cover.

Should Gronkowski win, Patirots fans should immediately start knocking on any nearby pieces of wood in case the Madden cover curse strikes in 2015.