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Brad Richards to pose nude for ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue”

Jun 27, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

Following in the naked footsteps of Ryan Kesler and Zdeno Chara, New York Rangers star Brad Richards is this year’s NHL representative for ESPN The Magazine’s eye-catching “Body Issue.” (There’s an Olivia Munn joke in there somewhere, but we’re far too dignified to make it.)

Richards is among 27 athletes who disrobed for the special, joining the likes of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and women’s soccer star Abby Wambauch. The issue will hit newsstands on July 13.

In case you need a reminder/inspiration for an awkward interchange with a co-worker, family member or friend who walks by your computer screen, let’s look at a whole lot of the two previous NHL players.

Kesler goes all “blue steel” on us:


(Image via ESPN by way of Halford and Brough’s former blog.)

Chara totally would have gotten mocked for this if he wasn’t Zdeno Chara:


(Image via ESPN by way of Greg Wyshynski.)

So if Tom Brady gets heat from teammates for getting dolled up for GQ, what kind of harassment will Richards draw in the Rangers locker room? Too bad 24/7 already happened …

  1. kingfooj - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I feel sorry for the first reporter who asks Torts about this…

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    That’s really awkward….

  3. highlander24 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    I’d rather not. Just don’t.

  4. guinsrule - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    In the age of internet porn and sexting, do these types of pics really count as nude anymore? No self-respecting porn site would bother printing these espn “nude” pictures…

  5. bleedingteal4life - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Ugh why?!

    • barkar942 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      To try to get Sean Avery to buy more copies of their magazine!

  6. GenoPringles - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Just another reason to hate hate ESPN. No real hockey fans will read this filth. However, if they put soupcan Sid as their centerfold, I would buy 100 copies

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