Marshawn Lynch, who is well known for being media-shy, sluffed off that persona -and his clothes- for a photo shoot for ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue.

The Seahawks running back says of his appearance in the magazine, “I’m cool with my body, I love my body. I wouldn’t trade it for no other body.”  And he should feel that way. He’s a perfect specimen of athleticism.

The other athletes include Bernard Hopkins (boxing), Jimmy Spithill (sailing), Tomas Berdych (tennis), Nigel Sylvester (BMX), Omar Gonzalez (soccer), Travis and Lyn-z Pastrana (action sports/X-games), Jamie Anderson (snowboarding), Amy Purdy (Para-Olympics), Danyelle Wolf (boxing), Aja Evans (bobsled), Hillary Knight (hockey), Angel McCoughtry (WNBA), Coco Ho (surfing) and Ginger Huber (cliff diving).

And now for Beastmode:

One more local athlete made the issue: US National Women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe of the Seattle Reign FC also appears in the special edition, but she did not make the cover. Darn.

From Megan Rapinoe’s Twitter page. (ESPN Magazine)

The lucky athletes to make the cover are  (in order below) Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson, Marshawn Lynch, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Texas Ranger first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams.

The publication hits news stands on Friday.

Lee Callahan, Jack Seattle


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