ESPN Body Issue 2013: Colin Kaepernick Among Athletes Announced for Magazine

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers gestures against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens won 34-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Colin Kaepernick made a lot of noise last season. On a positive note, he did so as the breakout quarterback that led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. On the negative side, some folks criticized him for his large number of tattoos (and looked rather foolish in the process).  

Now, he'll be proudly showing off all of his ink for this year's ESPN the Magazine Body Issue.

From ESPN:

If a breakout wasn't enough to make sports fans take notice of Matt Harvey, Colin Kaepernick and Kenneth Faried, then it's safe to assume their photos in this year's Body Issue will be. The Mets' strikeout specialist, the Super Bowl QB and the Nuggets standout rebounder join 18 other elite athletes to be included in ESPN The Magazine's fifth annual The Body Issue, which hits newsstands Friday July 12.

Kaepernick noted that, "Being selected by ESPN The Magazine for the Body Issue is an incredible honor. Thank you for believing in me, my 49ers family and my INK!"

He'll be joined in the annual magazine by Kerri Walsh Jennings, Giancarlo Stanton, Swin Cash, Courtney Force, John Wall, Vernon Davis, John Isner, Sydney Leroux, Carly Booth, Joffrey Lupul, Elena Hight, Agnieszka Radwanska, Chris Sharma, Daila Ojeda, Miesha Tate, Marlen Esparza, Tarah Gieger, and Gary Player.

Harvey has been as advertised for the New York Mets this season, going 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 0.88 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 16 starts. Move over, Stephen Strasburg, there is a new young ace in the NL East.

Like Kaepernick, Wall is a young stud that has recently been in the news for his tattoos. But after averaging 18.5 points and 7.6 rebounds this year, his game speaks for itself. 

Walsh Jennings essentially wears a bathing suit for a uniform as one of the greatest female beach volleyball players to ever live, so her addition in the mag won't be a huge stretch, while MMA fighter Miesha Tate will be showing off her guns and toned muscles needed to survive in the ring. 

You can bet there will be a whole lot of impressive physiques on display once ESPN's annual Body Issue hits newsstands on July 12.


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