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ESPN The Magazine 07.17.17

ESPN The Magazine is for the NEXT generation of sports fans who want to stay on top of the athletes, teams, topics and upcoming events in their own sports world. The Magazine celebrates not only sports, but the cultures and lifestyles that are an integral part of them - all with ESPN's unique personality and authority.

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1 min.
body 2017

Video: Every Body Has a Story Go to the ESPN app on your favorite streaming device to see Body videos from 16 shoots, including these five stars who stepped in front of the SportsCenter cameras to fully tell their tales. JAVIER BAEZ (shot on iPhone 7 Plus) On telling his life story through his tattoos. JULIAN EDELMAN On the multitude of scars that define his football life. ISAIAH THOMAS On how his size is a weapon, not a disadvantage. MICHELLE WATERSON On giving her 6-year-old a front-row seat at her fights. NOVLENE WILLIAMS-MILLS On the Olympian task of competing through cancer. More Body! To see (and hear) even more from our 23 athletes, go to And to buy all nine covers, visit…

4 min.
meet the body issue photographers

Peter Hapak on A.J. Andrews At first, she was jumping, throwing and catching the ball. Then she’s flying. She was jumping so high that, for me, it was like she was flying. She created this kind of unusual movement at unusual heights. I was quite amazed. PAGE 50 Benedict Evans on Malakai Fekitoa I still feel guilty about the cut he suffered from a rock at the end of a 10-hour shoot while he was lying on his side in the sea, simulating a sprint as waves crashed over him and he sank further into the black sand. PAGE 60 Dylan Coulter on Javier Baez The cover ended up being one of our early shots indoors. We shot in this amazing old hangar in Arizona that was built during World War II. It had a…

2 min.
straight from video

Who knew Julian Edelman loves hamburgers so much? That’s just one thing you learn by chronicling three months of Body Issue photo shoots. There was the Patriots receiver, downing burger after burger between takes on a rooftop in Los Angeles, grease dripping off his face, ketchup flying everywhere. But that was just one moment. In Hawaii, I learned there’s more than meets the eye to Malakai Fekitoa. Upon greeting the rugby player, I thought, “Wow, here’s this GQ model who could just rip your head off.” But he’s a salt-of-the-earth guy. He actually took an interest in what I was doing at the shoot. Same with softball great A.J. Andrews. She’s posing naked in this dry lake bed in California and we’re talking about the media-production process? I was also…

11 min.
thrown for a curve

Six weeks is all. Six weeks in Jameson Taillon’s life that somehow felt like both a flash of lightning and an eternity. Six weeks from feeling something foreign in his left testicle to cancer surgery to recovery. Six weeks of panic and isolation and fear and relief. Six weeks. • Taillon is 25 years old, 6-foot-5, sturdy like something that grows from the ground, smart and composed, mature in a way that young men of his station rarely are. He was the second pick of the 2010 draft, the future of the Pirates, eternally destined to be sandwiched between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in baseball’s consciousness. When he has been on the mound—18 big league starts last year, 10 and counting this year—he has shown considerable promise, but something…

2 min.
the bod’s honest truth

Who has the best body in sports? MALE LEBRON JAMES 30% CRISTIANO RONALDO 19% “LBJ rises to another level every year. Most people wilt as they get older.” MLS MIDFIELDER FEMALE SERENA WILLIAMS 43% ALEX MORGAN 7% LINDSEY VONN 7% “Serena is a goddess to me.” NFL DEFENSIVE END What is the worst personal hygiene habit you’ve witnessed in a locker room or clubhouse? NOT SHOWERING AFTER GAMES 27% BODY ODOR/NOT WEARING DEODORANT 13% NO SHOWER SHOES 10% “Not flushing the toilet. You’ll come in from a practice or a game and there’s just … What are we, animals ?” MLS GOALKEEPER Have you ever faked an illness or injury to get out of practice or workouts? “Are you kidding? I wanted to play after having my appendix removed.” NFL CENTER Have you ever played a game hungover? “[It was in a] practice round for one of my…

14 min.
it’s go time

As Jordan Gross jogged off the field at Bank of America Stadium against the Giants, Panthers fans cheered and high-fived him without knowing exactly where he was headed. Gross just couldn’t ignore the urge any longer. Maybe it was the humidity or all that sweet tea, but in 2013, after a decade of playing tackle in Carolina, Gross had finally reached his bathroom breaking point. It’s simple math, really: Players drink gallons of water but can’t leave the field for even 30 seconds for fear of a turnover happening midstream. Over the years, Gross had tried every technique NFL players and other hyper-hydrated athletes use to surreptitiously relieve themselves during games. He’d experimented with the time-honored slow release into his pants, but they were white, for starters, and it just left…