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Which Athletes Should Bare All for ESPN the Magazine's 2013 Body Issue? Fan's View

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ESPN the Magazine does a great job reeling in top-notch athletes from all walks of life for its annual Body Issue.

The 2012 installment of The Body Issue, which hits newsstands on July 13, features an incredible ensemble of athletes, including MMA star Ronda Rousey, Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, among many others.

Here's a look at five athletes who should appear in the 2013 version of The Body Issue:

1) Tim Tebow: Just about every sports and non-sports fan would be surprised if ESPN could convince New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow to appear in next year's Body Issue.

Tebow is so conservative that he refused to show off his Jockey underwear for an ad campaign in 2012, so it's not likely that ESPN would convince him to appear in next year's Body Issue. If they were able to, there's no doubt it would easily become the highest-selling Body Issue to date.

Tebow, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at approximately 250 pounds, is a physical specimen. Who wouldn't love to see his rippling biceps and chiseled physique on the cover of the 2013 Body Issue?

2) David Wright: New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been a heartthrob in the Big Apple since 2004.

Standing 6-foot-0 and weighing in at 209 pounds, his athletic frame would certainly delight fans of The Body Issue as it has New York fans over the past eight years. Wright bulked up over the offseason to increase his power and home run production, and that would translate well for a Body Issue photo shoot.

Former New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes had a great time baring all for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue last year, so maybe he will put in a good word to Wright to give it a try.

3) Brock Lesnar: Lesnar, a 34-year-old mixed martial arts and wrestling star, has a physique so ridiculous, it's almost comical. Lesnar, who stands 6-foot-3, weighs in at a hefty 266 pounds, most of which is pure muscle.

ESPN uses The Body Issue to celebrate the athletic form, and there's not many who can match the awesome physique of Lesnar.

4) LeBron James: A cool cover idea for the 2013 Body Issue would be Miami Heat's "Big Three" of James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, standing side-by-side in their birthday suits with the NBA Championship Trophy in hand.

Fans have been in awe for years of James' chiseled frame, and he continues to be one of the most popular athletes in the world.

5) Alex Morgan: Morgan posed in a body paint bikini for Sports Illustrated in 2012, but baring all for ESPN's Body Issue would definitely be taking things to the next level.

Morgan's teammate, Hope Solo, appeared in last year's installment of The Body Issue, and it worked to raise the profile of the U.S. National Women's Soccer Team. Morgan would be smart to continue the trend by posing for ESPN.

Who do you want to see in the 2013 installment of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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