Julian Edelman Is Naked And Eating A Cheeseburger In ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue”

Gus Kenworthy, Isaiah Thomas, and the U.S. Women's Hockey Team also drop trou in the annual feature.

We’re still a few days away until ESPN Magazine’s 2017 “Body Issue” hits newsstands on July 7, but the editors have graciously gifted us with a behind-the-scenes video that features several of the athletes appearing in the revealing edition.

Among them is Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who, for our money, may just be the most beautiful man in the NFL.

And he doesn’t take himself seriously, which is always a turn-on: In the video, Edelman, 31, is seen strutting and posing, but also going to town on a cheeseburger.

“My body’s my temple—that’s why I like to feed it burgers,” he jokes.

The issue doesn’t shy away from glorifying gorgeous bodies, but it also celebrates the dedication of the athletes on display—some of whom have been made to feel like outsiders because their bodies don’t conform to societal expectations.

“I have a really ripped back—it’s ripped,” says softball player A.J. Andrews with a laugh.


A total of 23 pro athletes, including Cubs’ second baseman Javier Baez, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, X-Games pro Gus Kenworthy, the Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, and the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team posed for the 2017 “Body” issue.

Below, watch the behind-the-scenes video from ESPN Magazine’s 2017 “Body Issue”


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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.