We all know by now that buxom blonde model Kate Upton will grace the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
The choice comes as no surprise as 2011 was truly the year of Upton—she made headlines for attracting the attention of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowksi, doing the sexiest Dougie in history and a rumored relationship with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Obviously, Upton is it—but where does her cover rank among the best covers in history? Sure, Upton is stunning, but the models featured over the last few decades certainly were no slouches. Some of the most beautiful and successful models in history have landed this coveted cover.
Let's see if Upton has what it takes to edge out the competition and see what was happening in the sports world the year each was published.