ESPN Body Issue 2012: Athletes Who Must Appear in 2013 Issue

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 24:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets work out at an organized team activity at the New York Jets Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on May 24, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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ESPN: The Magazine’s annual Body Issue is set to be released later this week, and already I’m counting down until the 2013 edition is finished.

This year’s issue includes a wide variety of athletes ranging from the NFL (Rob Gronkowski, Maurice Jones-Drew), the NBA (Tyson Chandler) and WNBA (Candace Parker), all the way to less popular sports such as MMA (Ronda Rousey), rowing (Oksana Masters) and sailing (Anna Tunnicliffe).

The magazine does a terrific job of convincing a wide variety of athletes to bare it all, but here are a few suggestions to ensure next year’s issue is the best one yet.

Nicole Hage—LPGA Golfer

She may not make headlines with her play on the golf course, but Hage surely would if given the opportunity to pose nude.

Hage destroys the belief that golfers are out of shape.  

Gisela Dulko—Women’s Tennis

The Argentine may not possess a Grand Slam title on her resume, but she does hold one incredible body.

Aside from Serena Williams, tennis has been under-represented. And Dulko will certainly be easy on the eyes with her killer physique.

Tim Tebow—New York Jets

Quarterbacks have never been given much love in the Body Issue, and it’s a head-scratcher as to why.

Tebow can sell a ton of magazines and create a new level of excitement and buzz for the issue. He also has the upper body to certainly be a worthy member of this issue.

Obviously, the main problem here is whether or not the ultra-religious Tebow would agree to pose nude for millions of people to see.

Alex Morgan—U.S. Women’s Soccer

She already posed in body paint for Sports Illustrated in 2012, so getting her to agree to pose nude wouldn’t be a problem.

Last year, her teammate Hope Solo appeared in the Body Issue, so maybe she can help convince her to pose.

Morgan is quickly becoming one of the most popular players on the U.S. national women’s squad; this might put her over the top.


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