Advisory: The above gallery contains pictures of very, very naked people. No naughty bits, but just so much artful nudity it's almost ridiculous.
It's here! ESPN's "The Body Issue" is an annual event that really drives home two important facts of life: (1.) Athletes' bodies are truly works of art, and (2.) We, collectively, are not in shape. We may have thought we were, but we're not. Ever.
What's great about "The Body Issue," though, is its commitment to highlighting so many different types of bodies; all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities are represented. To that end, this year they convinced 77-year-old pro golfer Gary Player to drop trou for a cover, and it is pretty darned awesome.
Player's naked truth? You're never too old to be fit. "Very few people do what I'm doing at my age," he told ESPN The Magazine. "I want to show the world how fit you can be at this age and not just accept being old."
Arguably, golf is not the most active sport in the world, but Player told ESPN that his commitment to fitness is what kept him going long after other competitors petered out. "It's the reason I won 18 championships!" he said. "I'm the only man who won the career Grand Slam on the regular tour and the Grand Slam on the senior tour. The only reason I did that was my fitness."
So this paw-paw could probably bench press your body weight. That's just how the best professional athletes roll. Since 2009, "The Body Issue" has featured dozens of these human sculptures in various states of sweatiness and undress. The photos have captured Olympians, champions, upstarts and legends from every sport imaginable. Above, some of our favorite covers. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to go, uh, run around and lift stuff.