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Ex-Wildcat Rob Gronkowski graces the cover of Sports Illustrated

Gronkowski SI cover

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The face of the NFL?

Former Arizona Wildcats tight end Rob Gronkowski — record-setter with the New England Patriots and burgeoning cross-over pop culture star — has landed on the cover of SI’s NFL preview issue.

We already knew he was appearing in a new Monday Night Football commercial, that he appeared on a Fox dating show this spring, he was a naked cover boy for ESPN The Magazine’s body issue, he co-hosted Access Hollywood Live, and that he even has a verb named after him.

And now this.

Other Arizona Wildcats appearances on SI covers include:

Jennie Finch (July 11, 2005; the summer issue)

Tedy Bruschi (Jan. 24, 2005; “Defense rules the playoffs”)

Jennie Finch with Team USA (Aug. 30, 2004; “The Real Dream Team”)

Luke Walton, Jason Gardner (Nov. 25, 2002; “Arizona No. 1 in college hoops”)

Trevor Hoffman (May 13, 2002; “The Secret of San Diego)

Miles Simon (April 7, 1997; “Cool Cat”)

Tedy Bruschi, Brandon Sanders, Sean Harris, Jim Hoffman and Tony Bouie (Aug. 29, 1994; college football preview issue)

Chuck Cecil (Oct. 11, 1993; “Too vicious for the NFL?)

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