The 2016 Body issue of ESPN magazine is set for a July release. However, a sneak peek of the cover photo with NBA superstar, Dwayne Wade has been unveiled. The athlete shows off his gorgeous body.
UFC fighter Conor McGregor, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta are among the ten men and nine women who will appear in the magazine, which announced the athlete list for the eighth annual Body Issue on Tuesday.
Three-time NBA star, Wade had turned down the magazine for seven years before posing in 2016. In talking to ESPN's Morty Ain, he admitted that stripping down for the Body Issue wasn't easy, as he tried to overcome his body insecurities.
According to Wade, “I never envisioned that I would be playing this long. ... But nah, I’m not there yet. I’ve got some good years left.” The photo of the star was taken by Carlos Serraro for ESPN.
The oldest entrance is retired diver, Greg Louganis, at age 56. According to the diver, "When I look around at my contemporaries, I'd say I'm probably in better shape than most of them. It's all about making healthy choices.
I think HIV has helped motivate me mentally and physically. I look at working out and doing something physically active every day as being as important as taking my meds. HIV taught me that I'm a lot stronger than I ever believed I was. I didn't think I would see 30, and here I am at 56."
Some of the athletes to be featured are Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork; arguably the best women's basketball player in the world in Elena Delle Donne, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller of the Broncos and National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta of the Cubs.
Other entrants include:
Nathan Adrian: three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming
Antonio Brown: four-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Steelers
Emma Coburn: part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in steeplechase
Courtney Conlogue: finished second on the ASP World Tour in 2015
Ryan Dungey: 450cc class Monster Energy Supercross champion
Adeline Gray: three-time world championship gold medalist in wrestling
Chris Mosier: duathlete and the first transgender athlete to appear in the Body Issue
Nzingha Prescod: won the bronze medal at the 2015 World Fencing Championships
Christen Press: won the 2015 World Cup with Team USA
April Ross: won an Olympic silver medal in beach volleyball in 2012
Allysa Seely: 2015 world champion paratriathlete
Claressa Shields: became the first U.S. woman to win boxing Olympics gold in 2012
The Body Issue will be unveiled online July 6 and on newsstands July 8. The Body Issue was first released in 2009 and has become a staple.