Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/18/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots carries a reception into the endzone past Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants for a first quarter touchdown on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BOSTON -- Now that tight end Rob Gronkowski has been officially eliminated from the Madden 13 cover bracket, he can admit what many Patriots fans were frantically thinking. "There's a curse," Gronkowski said. "You think I wanted that?" The Madden curse has struck a number of players. Last year's cover athlete, former Browns running back Peyton Hills, had a poor 2011 season. Hillis was derailed by injuries and a lousy attitude that caused teammates to turn on him and his organization to balk at a contract extension before letting him leave town. But Gronkowski campaigned like crazy to win the...
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