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Rob Gronkowski makes cover of ESPN's 'body issue'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  July 10, 2012 09:49 AM

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Photos by Peggy Sirota, ESPN The Magazine

Call it The Full Gronkowski.

The extremely scantily-clad Patriots tight end, wearing only Hulk hands and a grimace, made the cover of ESPN The Magazine's "body issue" that will hit newsstands on Friday.

The fourth annual special issue is billed by ESPN as a "celebration of the athletic form" and will feature 27 world-class athletes. In addition to Gronkowski, the issue also includes Blue Jays home run hitter Jose Bautista, US women's national soccer team forward Abby Wambach, and New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler.

All 27 athletes posed nude for the issue's signature Bodies We Want photo portfolio.

300gronk.jpgThe full lineup includes:

Carlos Bocanegra (soccer)
Daniela Hantuchova (WTA)
Rob Gronkowski (NFL)
Abby Wambach (soccer)
Tyson Chandler (NBA)
Candace Parker (WNBA)
Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL)
Jose Bautista (MLB)
Brad Richards (NHL)
Maya Gabiera (surfing)
Ronda Rousey (MMA)
Mike Smith (jockey)
Tim Morehouse (fencing)
Walter Dix (track)
Danell Leyva (gymnastics)
Suzann Pettersen (LPGA)
Ashton Eaton (decathlon)
Carmelita Jeter (track)
Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing)

USA volleyball team:

Destinee Hooker
Stacy Sykora
Alisha Glass
Cynthia Barboza
Megan Hodge
Nellie Spicer
Heather Bown

It's a becoming a big week for Gronkowski. Last night in Buffalo he won a celebrity home run derby contest. And this morning, he's a cover boy.

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