ESPN Body Issue: Terrell Owens Among 10 Athletes We Want to See in 2012 Issue

Justin Hoppe@justinjhoppeCorrespondent IIOctober 11, 2011

ESPN Body Issue: Terrell Owens Among 10 Athletes We Want to See in 2012 Issue

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    In light of the release of ESPN’s third annual Body Issue—an artistic celebration of the body of the modern athlete—now is a better time than any to discuss who we’d like to see in next year’s issue.

    Typically, each issue includes a spread of 22 athletes from an array of different sports.

    Considering the success of the issues thus far—it’s next to impossible to find an issue at your local stand or bookstore—there’s no telling whether the roster of athletes will be expanded come next year.

    In any event, here are 10 athletes (both men and women) that should be considered for ESPN's fourth annual Body Issue in 2012.

Terrell Owens

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    Antics aside, there's no denying that Terrell Owens has solidified himself among the greatest receivers to ever play the game (1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns).

    Perhaps better known for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations and outspoken personality than his production as a player, T.O. takes better care of his body than quite possibly any other player in the game today.

    The man literally looks to be chiseled from granite—a living Michelangelo's David—possessing a body more along the lines of animated fiction than reality.

Bia and Branca Feres

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    Bia and Branca Feres got their start in swimming and gymnastics before most of us could even hold a fork correctly, much less guide it into our mouths.

    Representing their native Brazil twice before their 20th birthdays in the 2005 Pan American Junior Orlando and 2007 Pan American games, the pair is much more than a couple of gorgeous faces, flawless bodies and perfect smiles.

    While it is incredibly unlikely anyone will ever see these girls doing more serious choreographed aquatic routines in the future, as their modeling careers have taken off, that does little to take away from genetics at its best.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Extreme narcissism and egotistical behavior is justified in very few cases…Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely among the exception.

    Either the best or second-best footballer in the world, depending on who you ask, Ronaldo possesses world-class speed and quite possibly the strongest shot in the world.

    For all the hate that comes the way of the Portuguese, all must commend the player for his devotion to his body.

    Routinely dubbed a diva by the media and rival fans alike, CR7 doesn’t drink, smoke or engage in the nightlife as do the majority of his peers.

Heather Mitts

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    Female footballer player Heather Mitts has seen her fair share of magazine covers since walking into the spotlight.

    At 33, no longer a fixture on defense for the national team, it seems likely this past summer’s World Cup was the last hurrah for the two-time Gold medalist and world champion.  

    Mitts, in many ways, made an invaluable contribution to the women’s game, helping bring what was once the “best team in America that no none knows about” to the forefront of national attention.

    With all that she has done—bringing a bit of finesse and shine to an often ugly defensive role—it just wouldn't be fair to hold the fact that she’s married to NFL quarterback A.J. Feeley against her.

Rafael Nadal

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    Rafael Nadal may no longer be ranked as the world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals—Novak Djokovic has held that honor since July 4, 2011—but the Spaniard remains the premier physical specimen among his peers.

    Power, speed, agility, stamina and ridiculously huge guns for a tennis player...Nadal has it all.

    Bursting onto the scene with a victory over Roger Federer at 17 years old, many fail to realize that the finals mainstay and media-dubbed "King of Clay" is still only 25.

Maria Sharapova

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    Former world No. 1 Russian professional tennis player, three-time Grand Slam singles champion, current World No. 14 and budding fashion designer, there’s no doubting Maria Sharapova’s talent.

    Perhaps better known for her on-court “grunting” by the casual fan, the slender-bodied Sharapova possesses a versatile game and continues to work hard at 24 years old.

LeBron James

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    Love him or hate him, there is no denying LeBron James as THE anatomical wonder of the world.

    He's a freak of nature! It's just that simple.

    At a sculpted 6'8" and 250 pounds, James moves with the fluidity of an elite point guard and boasts a reported 4.4 second 40-yard dash time.

    Too bad those elite physical tools seem to go hand-in-hand with being vastly overconfident and a bit of a drama queen, but nothing about being a choke artist.

Malia Jones

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    At 15, Malia Jones won the U.S. Amateur Championship and instantly became a success in the modeling world after being spotted by Surfing Magazine.

    In the time since, Jones has traveled all over the world competing and searching for the perfect wave.

    Apart from the competitive stage, the Hawaii native—of Hawaiian, Spanish-Filipino, German and English descent—has appeared on the cover of over a dozen magazines, been named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine, one of America's "10 Sexiest Athletes" by Esquire and has also been a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

Usain Bolt

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    Not only is the Jamaican international in ridiculous shape, but Usain Bolt just so happens to be the undisputed fastest man on the planet.

    Holding the record for the 100m (9.58s), 150m (14.35s) and 200m (19.19s), it seems only a matter of time before the “Lightning Bolt” puts his stamp on the 300m—in which he narrowly fell short of Michael Johnson’s record 30.85s time in 2010—and 400m events.

    At a slim, long 6'5" and 190 pounds, the Olympic record holder represents the quintessential subject for ESPN's annual display.

Allison Stokke

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    University of California’s Allison Stokke went from high school athlete to internet sensation seemingly overnight back in 2004.

    But don’t get it twisted; Stokke is much more than a pretty face. She was the pole vaulting champion of the state of California and is a scholarship athlete.

    Furthermore, she not only boasts a brilliant combination of beauty and true athletic talent, but she has the potential to represent her country—the United States—as an Olympian in the future.