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ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue” Celebrates The Athletic Physique—Sans Uniform

Expanding on Sports Illustrated‘s ridiculously successful annual swimsuit issue, ESPN: The Magazine is releasing its third-annual “Body Issue”—which celebrates the bare bodies of more than 20 top athletes—on October 7.

Among the sculpted figures in the altogether (save for strategically covered private parts) are the L.A. Clippers’  Blake Griffin, The Mets’ Jose Reyes and Rams running back Steven Jackson, speedskater Apolo Ohno, NHL player Ryan Kesler, UFC champion Jon Jones, race-car driver Helio Castroneves; snowboarder Louie Vito, boxer Sergio Martinez, marathoner Ryan Hall and paralympian Jeremy Campbell. Female models include soccer star Hope Solo, the WNBA’s Sylvia Fowles, snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and roller-derby queen Suzy Hotrod.

“This is an issue in the short time we’ve been doing it that’s become pretty anticipated,” says ESPN editor Chad Millman. “In terms of the athletes we’ve attracted, we feel like the group is really strong.”

God, we have to hit the gym.

While the magazine is sitting on photos from the upcoming issue, you can bide your time with some images from last year’s issue, which featured the drool-worthy physiques of pro surfer Kelly Slater, figure skater Evan Lysacek, soccer star Tim Howard (above) and b-baller Amar’e Stoudemire, among others. We’ll post the 2011 pics when they become available.



 Image via ESPN, James Dimmock


On:           Sep 30, 2011
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    • christopher di spirito

      NHL player Ryan Kesler, woof!


      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vinny

      I don’t know Apolo Ohno’s nationality, but he has a gorgeous, plump, round, firm black man ass!! (I hope that’s not racist) Can’t wait to see his pic.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dallas David

      Hey — that first guy isn’t nekkid! He’s got a glove on!

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John

      God, can you imagine being stuck in an elevator with Evan Lysceckzksksk? What a personality deprived closet case!

      Sep 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack E. Jett

      I like big butts and I can not lie….Othe people might deny….

      However….I am so jaded at this point in my life that if there is no super penis shots, I am not interested. I want to see balls and all. It is another sad and pathetic part of getting old.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryan

      Tim Howard(the guy in the headline pic) isn’t that hot and is a bit of a douche. Plus, I’ve never been able to appreciate nude photoshoots without any view from behind, so hopefully there’s some of that.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777

      There are definitely some guys on that list I can’t wait to see, even if it’s just out of curiosity rather than sexual attraction.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin_BGFH

      Awwww, I wish SF Giants catcher Buster Posey was included. Maybe next year.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UWSguy

      now this is a sports issue I’d buy

      Sep 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alex


      apolo onho is half white, half japanese

      Sep 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave

      @1 that guy is a total twink and not someone who you’d say “woof” about.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 3:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M


      He really does.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777

      @Dave: Usually, it’s reserved for someone more burly + bearish, but it could also just mean “wow, he’s hot”. It’s not exactly down to a science.

      Oct 4, 2011 at 12:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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