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2012 seems to be The Year of the Gronk.

After all, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appears to be everywhere recently.

Last week, the media darling made a guest appearance on the Fox dating show The Choice, and a pair of bold choices this week has him making headlines once again.

This week, Gronkowski is featured as cover boy of ESPN the Magazine's notorious Body Issue. The infamous, annual edition of the magazine features prominent athletes in the buff in an effort to admire perfectly-sculpted human bodies as works of art.

Gronk adorns the cover wearing only a pair of flesh-colored "Hulk Hands" toys in a play off both his massive size and monosyllabic moniker similar to that of Marvel Comic's jolly green giant.

Gronk traded the "Hulk Hands" for batting gloves Monday night to take part in a celebrity home run derby in Buffalo, New York to commemorate the Triple-A All Star Game. The gamma-powered strength, however, remained.

Gronk took on all comers and won the derby, hitting twelve dingers in the first two rounds and finishing off Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon in the finals by a score of eight to seven. Props are due to the Buffalo CEO for proving that guys in the luxury boxes are often athletes too.

From cover boy to home run derby champ, Gronk's escapades have Patriots fans and America in general wondering what he will do next.

It seems to be only a matter of time before the so-bad-it-is-good rap song featuring Gronk hits the airwaves. Let's just hope the next dance moves we see from him is the Super Bowl Shuffle.


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