New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was announced as the next player to grace the cover of the popular video game franchise on Sportscenter last night. He is the first tight end to grace the Madden cover and is also 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." Gronkowski, who turns 27 on Saturday, was a finalist in last year's Madden cover vote and lost to New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Over the last two seasons, Gronkowski has totaled 154 receptions for 2,300 yards and 23 touchdowns. After each touchdown, his trademark is to forcefully spike the football into the ground. This season, however, will begin with uncertainty at the quarterback position after a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit ruled 2-to-1 on April 25 that commissioner Roger Goodell did not deprive Tom Brady of "fundamental fairness" with his procedural rulings in the Deflategate case. Gronkowski isn't worried about the "Madden curse" creeping up this season, either. "It's definitely reversed itself from back in the day," Gronkowski said. "You have 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.