Gronk to strip down for ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue'

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Gronk to strip down for ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue'

NEW YORK Rob Gronkowski, Maurice Jones-Drew, Tyson Chandler and Abby Wambach are among the athletes who will strip down to pose nnude in ESPN The Magazine's fourth annual "Body Issue."

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, New York Rangers forward Brad Richards and WNBA star Candace Parker will also appear in the July 13 edition.

With the London Games this summer, the list announced Wednesday is heavy with Olympians, including gymnast Danell Leyva, sprinter Carmelita Jeter, decathlete Ashton Eaton and members of the U.S. women's volleyball team.

The magazine's editor in chief, Chad Millman, says they try to pick athletes who "just recently popped."

Gronkowski is a classic example of that. The New England Patriots tight end emerged as one of the NFL's biggest offensive stars this past season and it doesn't hurt that he has a penchant for appearing shirtless in photos. The magazine had a commitment from him way back last fall.

Athletes featured in previous years have included Blake Griffin, Hope Solo and Jose Reyes.

Giardi: It's only OTAs, pump the brakes on Martellus Bennett

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Giardi: It's only OTAs, pump the brakes on Martellus Bennett

Mike Giardi and Kyle Draper discuss the early impressions of Patriots OTAs and how fans shouldn't get carried away with the performance of new tight end Martellus Bennett so far.