Bald Eagles: ESPN Leaves Eagles Offensive Line Uncovered

ESPN has given Philadelphia a new way to view #FlyEaglesFly.

This year is the 10th edition of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, where some of the most popular athletes of that year literally bare it all for the magazine. Their tagline is “every body has a story.”

You can look at it as ESPN’s version of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition.

I know everyone on the internet has put in their two cents on the photos.

All photos appear tasteful and are accompanied by an in-depth interview with the subject. No private parts are shown on either men or women. Only butts are shown, but none depicted in a sexual nature.

It’s art.

This year, the Philadelphia Eagles had a group of players, specifically the offensive line, take on their own skin before they play the Washington Redskins this Sunday in South Philly. Included in the shoot was:

  • Brandon Brooks
  • Lane Johnson
  • Jason Kelce
  • Isaac Seumalo
  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai (most just call him “Big V”)

Maybe I’m just on the internet too much or that I’m too plugged into what’s going on, but I wasn’t surprised when it came out that the Eagles O-line was a part of the photoshoot. I mean, they announced it on the news in the beginning of last week.

Asked why he did it, Jason Kelce said

“Being an offensive lineman, obviously you’re a little bit different than most athletes, so our body types are going to be drastically different. I think that’s one of the cool things about football — there’s a place for every kid to play, regardless of size, shape or speed.”!eagles

My entire Facebook and Twitter feeds were covered with naked offensive linemen today.

I mean, it was kinda funny, The comments and the captions made it even better.

Even the Eagles social media team had some fun with it.

Note: Seriously, I work at the stadium. Please show up with clothes on. I beg you.

Here are the photos from the photoshoot available so far.

Photos from:!eagles

While this post was mostly about the Eagles O-Line, here are the other athletes in this year’s issue:

  • Chris Paul – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Kelley O’Hara – USWNT Soccer
  • Elizabeth Cambage – WNBA
  • Evander Kane – San Jose Sharks
  • Katelyn Ohashi – Former UCLA gymnast with the perfect floor routine
  • Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers
  • James Hinchcliffe – IndyCar driver
  • Scout Bassett – Paralympian
  • Amanada Nunes – UFC fighter
  • Brooks Koepka – Golfer
  • Lakey Peterson – Surfer
  • Myles Garrett – Cleveland Browns
  • Alex Honnold – Climber
  • Katrin Davidsdottir – CrossFit athlete
  • Nancy Lieberman – Former WNBA star and coach
  • Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints

The magazine ceases publication this month, so this will be the final body issue.

It hits stands on Friday, September 6th.