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Professional Sports Stars Strip Down To Nothing For ESPN’s “Body Issue”

body-issue-3-splitIt’s that time of year again!

ESPN the magazine has released the stunning photos from its upcoming “Body Issue”, the annual look book featuring the world’s top athletes baring all in a series of fully nude photos.

This year’s issue includes 22 male and female athletes in their birthday suits, including 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, five-time MLB All-Star Prince Fielder, and fierce Wimbledon contender Tomas Berdych.

Aside from documenting the side-ass of the most beautiful male athletes, this year’s Body Issue marks a historic first by shooting American soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe, the first openly gay athlete to pose for the hotly-anticipated issue.

Rapinoe discusses her decision to come out in her personal interview with the magazine. “If you want to stand up and fight for equal rights but then won’t even stand up for yourself and say ‘I’m gay’ — that just started to feel weird,” she said, noting that she officially came out before the 2012 London Olympics because she wanted “to reach as many people as possible.”

Other male athletes posing for the issue include Marshawn Lynch, Serge Ibaka, Larry Fitzgerald, Omar Gonzalez, Bernard Hopkins, Jimmy Spithill, and Nigel Sylvester. Check out some of their best shots below:

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Michael Phelps, swimmer, most decorated Olympian of all time

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Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks running back

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Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers first baseman

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Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder power forward/center

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Tomas Berdych, tennis

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Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver

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Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy defender

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Bernard Hopkins, boxer

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Jimmy Spithillyachtsman

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Nigel Sylvester, BMX rider

all images courtesy ESPN

  • 11 Comments
    • cformusic
      cformusic

      hawt!!

      Jul 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stevenw
      Stevenw

      Larry Fitzgerald’s legs. Wow.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pscheck2
      pscheck2

      Nothing great; however, you can send over Jimmy Spithill when he docks his boat!
      +*

      Jul 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • friscoguy
      friscoguy

      Holly shiiiiit the ass on that tennis player and so beautifully outlined by the tan line.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chinadad
      chinadad

      In my opinion, all those tattoos make an otherwise beautiful physique cheap and ugly.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • litper
      litper

      A sad excuse for closeted homos to look at naked men but still pretend they’re “straight”.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xzamilloh
      Xzamilloh

      @litper: Yep. My bad. You’re a troll. I’m so sorry I thought you were serious. Have a good one.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OrchidIslander
      OrchidIslander

      Love me some hot male gams! Michael Philips and Larry Fitzgerald are rocking me big time!

      @litper, life is good! There are other, more productive, ways to draw attention to yourself than the constant snark approach.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 12:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • swellster
      swellster

      Very interesting to see them include Prince Fielder. In a good way that is. he doesn’t have a traditional “athletic” body type, but he doesn’t look unhealthy either. By the way … Omar Gonzalez …woof …

      Jul 10, 2014 at 10:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tracy Pope
      Tracy Pope

      Beautiful athletes all. I imagine some Photoshop was used for a little retouching “here-and’there”! Have to insure those bits are completely out of sight!

      @litper: Your bridge is calling

      Jul 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paco
      Paco

      Love the pictures (and bodies) of Michael Phelps and Omar Gonzalez.

      @Queerty: Off topic, but was wondering why Michael Sam has fallen off your radar.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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