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The ESPN Body Issue models were released today... see the athletes who have bared all before
All in the best possible taste…

ESPN THE MAGAZINE debuted its “Body Issue” in October of 2009, perhaps to rival the SI “Swimsuit Issue.”

The issue features professional athletes in little to no clothing showing off their chiseled bodies.

Each issue has had several covers, and ESPN has featured a variety of athletes.

ESPN released some of the athletes names posing for this year’s magazine which will hit shelves on 13 July. Among the models are Rob Gronkowski, Candace Parker and Abby Wambach.

Here’s some covers from past Body Issues…

The ESPN Body Issue models were released today... see the athletes who have bared all before
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  • NASCAR driver Carl Edwards was on one of the 2009 covers

  • NFL star Adrian Peterson posed for a 2009 cover

  • Sarah Reinertsen was the first amputee to compete in the Ironman Triathlon and was also on the 2009 cover

  • Serena Williams 2009 cover sold the most copies of the bunch

  • Basketball player Dwight Howard also posed for a cover in the first issue

  • MMA star turned actress Gina Carano was on the cover of the '09 issue

  • In 2010 WNBA star Diana Taurasi was on the cover

  • And so was the entire US Women's volleyball team

  • Soccer player Tim Howard posed for the 2010 cover

  • Basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire was on the 2010 cover

  • Dutch tennis player Ester Vergeer also posed.

  • And golfer Camilo Villegas posed in his signature stance

  • US soccer star Hope Solo made it to the cover in October 2011

  • As did the NBA's Blake Griffin

  • Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler joined Blake and Hope in 2011

  • And baseball star Jose Reyes was the fourth cover for 2011

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