This is why Madden 21 gave Buccaneers star Rob Gronkowski a surprisingly high rating

Rob Gronkowski hasn’t played in an NFL game since February 2019, but when it comes to the world of “Madden 21,” he is still one of the league’s best players.

The three-time Super Bowl champion earned a 95 overall rating in this year’s game, sitting behind only George Kittle (98 overall) and Travis Kelce (97 overall) among tight ends.

“Madden 21” also has Gronkowski as a significantly better player than Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who secured a spot on the 2019 Pro Bowl team after totaling 88 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns. It’s safe to say Ertz didn’t agree with his 90 overall rating.

Even stretching beyond his position, Gronkowski finds himself in elite company. He holds a higher rating than  “Madden 21” cover athlete Lamar Jackson (94 overall) and every running back except Panthers star Christian McCaffrey (99 overall).

So how did “Madden 21” land on 95 for Gronkowski? It’s a formula issue.

Andre Weingarten, an associate creative designer for “Madden 21,” offered an explanation for why Gronkowski remains a virtual monster. Weingarten noted Gronkowski’s numbers dropped in multiple categories (route running, athleticism, injury, etc.), but apparently that wasn’t enough to push down his overall rating.

“We didn’t want [Gronkowski] that high in OVR either lol,” Weingarten tweeted.

For once, it appears that gamers and designers can agree on something. Way to bring people together, Gronk!

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