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:


Michael Phelps, swimmer, most decorated Olympian of all time


Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks running back


Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers first baseman


Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder power forward/center


Tomas Berdych, tennis


Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver


Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy defender


Bernard Hopkins, boxer


Jimmy Spithillyachtsman


Nigel Sylvester, BMX rider

all images courtesy ESPN

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  • Stevenw

    Larry Fitzgerald’s legs. Wow.

  • pscheck2

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

  • friscoguy

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

  • chinadad

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

  • litper

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

  • Xzamilloh

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

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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

  • 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.

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