Which Athletes Got Nude For The ESPN Body Issue 2012 Edition? (PHOTOS)

Sports Illustrated has the swimsuit issue, so you just knew that ESPN The Magazine would try to one-up its main competition. ESPN’s annual “sexy” issue features no swimsuits, but a lot of fully-nude athletes (both male and female). You don’t actually see any private bits, but you definitely see a lot of toned arms and legs.

This year’s ESPN Body Issue features 27 athletes from a wide variety of sports, from football to surfing to horse riding. A few of the biggest names include Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks and Abby Wambach of the USA women’s soccer team.

Asked why she decided to strip down and put her body on display in the magazine, Wambach said the following:

“I’m a confident human being, but my body does not bring my confidence — it’s my heart and my head. Confidence is the most important factor about your body, whether you’ve got five pounds to lose or 100. If you have the confidence inside, that will exude on the outside, regardless of what your body looks like.”

Of course, most readers of the magazine won’t be buying it for all the beefy, oily, nude men inside. There are plenty of lesser-known women who bare all in the issue. In fact, the entire USA women’s volleyball team appears together in this photo:

Here’s the complete list of all the athlete’s appearing in this year’s mag:

Carlos Bocanegra (soccer)
Daniela Hantuchova (WTA)
Rob Gronkowski (NFL)
Abby Wambach (soccer)
Tyson Chandler (NBA)
Candace Parker (WNBA)
Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL)
Jose Bautista (MLB)
Brad Richards (NHL)
Maya Gabiera (surfing)
Ronda Rousey (MMA)
Mike Smith (jockey)
Tim Morehouse (fencing)
Walter Dix (track)
Danell Leyva (gymnastics)
Suzann Pettersen (LPGA)
Ashton Eaton (decathlon)
Carmelita Jeter (track)
Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing)
Destinee Hooker (vollewball)
Stacy Sykora (vollewball)
Alisha Glass (vollewball)
Cynthia Barboza (vollewball)
Megan Hodge (vollewball)
Nellie Spicer (vollewball)
Heather Bown (vollewball)

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