The Madden NFL 17 Cover Athlete Has Been Named

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The ‘Cover Athlete’ for the next game in the Madden NFL franchise has been named. New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski will be front and center on the cover of all copies of Madden 17.

In Madden NFL 17, players can take their team all the way with new gameplay features that make for a more interesting game, arming both teams for success.

“It’s great to finally be able to share with the world that Gronk will be joining our cover fraternity,” said Josh Rabenovets, Senior Director of Global Marketing at EA SPORTS. “He’s one of the most fun, dominant and exciting players in the league, and it’s awesome to feature the famed Gronk Spike on the Madden NFL 17 cover.”

Rob Gronkowski’s recent achievements include holding the season record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a season along with a four-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion. He’s also regarded one of the most physically dominant players in the league and was the highest rated Tight End in Madden NFL 16.

Players who are EA Access members can try Madden NFL 17 before its launch for a limited time as part of the Play First Trial, only on Xbox One.

EA has also released a Madden NFL 17 video showcasing Gronkowski and the first of many new features for next-gen consoles in this year’s game. Check out the video below to learn more about improvements to the game including a new path assist feature, new defensive AI and expansion of ball carrier special moves.

Madden NFL 17 will launch August 23rd with Rob Gronkowski on the cover for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.