‘ESPN The Magazine: Music Issue’ Recreates Classic Album Covers with Athletes (Videos)

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Music and sports have an interesting connection. Musicians play concerts in sports venues, and music is an integral part of every live sporting event. And beyond that, so many athletes and musicians hang out with each other because it seems as though most athletes want to know what it’s like to be a rock star, and rock stars want to know what it’s like to be an athlete.

Given this connection, ESPN the Magazine recently decided to do a special music issue. In this issue, pro athletes dress up as iconic pop musicians to recreate iconic images, and the results are pretty fun.

Unfortunately, the issue doesn’t hit newsstands (if those even exist anymore) until February 8, but ESPN has released some behind-the-scenes videos.

Here are LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers), Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), and Trent Richardson (Cleveland Browns) teaming up to recreate the cover of a Run DMC album:

Here is pro motocross racer James Stewart recreating the cover of the Rick James album, Street Songs:

Here is Tampa Bay Bucs QB Josh Freeman getting done up as the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson:

Here is NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and his wife recreating the cover of a Bob Dylan album:

Here is USA soccer player Alex Morgan doing a photoshoot as Katy Perry:

And, saving the best for last, here is Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte as…the baby on the cover of seminal Nirvana album Nevermind. Seriously. The baby on the cover of Nevermind.  But sorry, ladies, he is wearing a speedo, and he still doesn’t have a way with words:

As already mentioned, the issue comes out February 8. And from the looks of it, this one might be worth picking up.

I also wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes an annual thing.

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