Walter Iooss shoots the Gronk for Sports Illustrated’s NFL issue. Plus: behind-the-scenes photos and outtakes.

Have you seen the new issue of Sports Illustrated? It’s an NFL 2012 double issue with two covers: One is a portrait of Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, and the other is of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Both covers were shot by Walter Iooss, who also shot the photos used on the opening spreads…

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Photo by Walter Iooss.

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Photo by Walter Iooss.

Sports Illustrated used this photo of Rob Gronkowski, shot by Walter Iooss, as the story opener.

The opening-spread photo of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, as shot by Walter Iooss.

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Over at si.com, there are some outtakes from Walter’s shoot with the Gronk, such as the two below. See the rest here.

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An outtake from Walter Iooss’ shoot with Mark Gronkowski.

Another Gronk outtake by Walter Iooss

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Meanwhile, at the Detroit Lions’ site, there are photos of Walter photographing Stafford and Johnson, including the shot below. Click here to see more.

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Walter Iooss posing with Rob Stafford and Calvin Johnson during his Sports Illustrated cover shoot. Photo courtesy of the Detroit Lions.

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