ESPN's Body Issue, which features dozens of famous male and female athletes first debuted in October of 2009 to boost advertising and rival Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition. The issues introduce all different kinds of professional athletes with all different body types onto the front cover and inside the magazine to give people a different and more vulnerable look at these amazing athletes. ESPN's Body Issue has run strong since 2009 and continues to feature athletes from around the world. Today we focus on some of the amazing male athletes that have bared it all and graced our presence on the pages of ESPN's Body Issue.
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In 2009 American basketball star, Dwight Howard, braced the covers of the first issue of ESPN's Body Issue. At the time, he had just won the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest and competed on the gold medalist Olympic basketball team for USA. He led the Orlando Magic to three division titles and one conference title and soon found himself in Los Angeles playing for the Lakers. He then signed with the Houston Rockets in 2013 where he currently resides.
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American surf star, Kelly Slater, entered the pages of ESPN in 2010 to embrace his freedom to bare all as he is pictured naked running through a field, quite the opposite surroundings than he's used to. The surf star is a world renowned athlete having been crowned the World Surf League Champion a total of eleven times and won one as the youngest athlete to win at age twenty and another as the oldest athlete to win at thirty-nine.
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In 2011 Blake Griffin disrobed for ESPN to showoff what it takes to be NBA's Rookie of the Year. After playing at the University of Oklahoma, Blake Griffin entered the NBA draft and was soon on his way to leading an NBA team in Los Angeles. Since his start in the NBA, Blake Griffin has been a major impact in the Clippers' growth as a team and franchise and has paved the way for them to compete in the NBA playoffs.
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Maurice Jones Drew, now a retired NFL football player, graced the pages of ESPN's Body Issue in 2012. After making a statement at UCLA, Maurice entered the NFL draft and began playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars as the running back. He played his first eight years in the NFL with the Jaguars and ended his final season playing for the Oakland Raiders. At 5'7" and 208 lbs, Maurice says "I'm a cross between the Hulk and Iron Man."
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Colin Kaepernick began his NFL career in 2012 as the backup quarterback for the 49ers then immediately filled in as the starter towards the middle of the season. Right away, he led the team to two straight NFL playoffs and to the first Super Bowl Championship since 1994. His success on the field led him to be the face and body of the 2013 ESPN Body Issue. He continues to be the face of the 49ers as the starting quarterback.
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This California native began his NFL career after playing at the University of California, Berkeley where he became the school's second all-time career rusher. He entered the draft in 2007 and landed his role playing for the Buffalo Bills. He then found his place in 2010 as the running back for the Seattle Seahawks where he gained a lot of yards and fame, especially in their appearance in the Super Bowl in 2013. Following his success he posed for this picture in ESPN's 2014 Body Issue.
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NBA star, Kevin Love, was a key player at UCLA as he led the team to an appearance in the Final Four and was named the Pac 10 Conference Player of the Year. He soon found his place in the NBA entering in the 2008 draft, landing a position with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He went on to be a three time All-Star player and a member of the 2012 gold medalist USA Olympic team. He is currently a key player for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the key athlete to the 2015 ESPN Body Issue.