Gronk advances to 'Madden' Elite 8

April, 4, 2012
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New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski is one step closer to his wish to be on the cover to "Madden NFL 13." Gronkowski advanced to the Elite Eight with a landslide victory over Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

"Gronk" will face Detroit Lions receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson in a battle of two of the best nicknames in the NFL. The winner will advance to the "Madden" Final Four to face the winner of Baltimore Ravens tailback Ray Rice and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Gronkowski recently made an entertaining video with his brothers petitioning fans to vote for him to be on the "Madden" cover. It has worked so far for Gronkowski.

The winner of this year's tournament will attempt to avoid the dreaded "Madden Curse." Gronkowski recently suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs that hurt his performance in the Super Bowl and required offseason surgery.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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