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Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch gets naked for ESPN’s 'Body Issue'

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch gets naked for ESPN’s 'Body Issue'
Marshawn Lynch will appear without pads - or pants - in The Body Issue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
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SEATTLE - The Beast is about to be exposed.

ESPN said today that Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch will appear in its "The Body Issue" next month.

Megan Rapinoe, US soccer star and member of the Seattle Reign, also will appear in the magazine.

Previously Reign goal keeper and former University of Washington star Hope Solo appeared in the 2011 issue.

Here’s what ESPN had to say:

"The sixth annual edition of ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue will feature 22 athletes posing nude, including five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka."

The issue, which hits newsstands July 11, is ESPN The Magazine’s annual celebration of the athletic form.

“We somehow manage to raise the bar each year,” said ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman. “This year’s collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types. It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes’ bodies and all they are capable of.”
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