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Madden NFL '16 Cover Vote Finalists Revealed: Full Details and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2015

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Either New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. or New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will grace the cover of Madden NFL 16 after EA Sports announced the two as finalists for the coveted honor Tuesday.  

The franchise's Twitter account confirmed the two as the last players standing:

EA SPORTS Madden NFL @EAMaddenNFL

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED! @OBJ_3 and @RobGronkowski will go head-to-head for the new #MaddenCover. http://t.co/u0n235OmS7 http://t.co/vHh7FcTbi1

EA Sports noted the final vote will take place starting at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday, with the winner being announced during ESPN's 6 p.m. ET airing of SportsCenter.

Beckham talked about being a finalist via Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted:

Both players have lobbied for votes in the previous voting segments. That's likely to amplify starting early Wednesday morning.

Odell Beckham Jr @OBJ_3

Humbled to be in the running for the #MaddenCover. #Hungry to bring the win to @Giants fans. Vote for a #Royal cover http://t.co/NcAVH1ZFOw

Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski

Stay focused! #MaddenCover @EAMaddenNFL #PatriotsNation Vote: http://t.co/BwM5KXKV1a http://t.co/9kID9MgKrB

It's an interesting final battle.

Beckham took the league by storm last fall as a rookie. He racked up 91 catches for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games, with his most famous grab being the one-handed, leaping, turning effort against the Dallas Cowboys.

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He's going to face stiff competition from Gronkowski, though.

Gronk is one of the most popular players in the NFL thanks to his fun-loving, off-field attitude. Don't be surprised if the Patriots' fanbase attempts to flex its collective muscle after the league handed down the Deflategate punishments Monday, per Greg Botelho and Mariano Castillo of CNN.com, including a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady.

The Beckham vs. Gronkowski finale also marks yet another sports faceoff between Boston and New York. Accordingly, expect both cities to become heavily involved in the vote throughout the day Wednesday.

All things considered, Gronkowski probably holds a slight edge heading into the final vote. Either way, Madden is getting a high-profile cover athlete for its latest edition.

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