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:
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.