When ESPN released its “Body Issue,” readers were shocked to see the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line showing off their figures. While it may seem weird to feature a bunch of huge linemen in a revealing photo shoot, we think this is an awesome addition to the Body Issue. It’s clear from the pictures that this group of guys know how to have fun. The best part, however, is that they’re celebrating their bodies in a positive manner.
What is ESPN’s Body Issue?
ESPN’s Body Issue was created in 2009 as a way “to celebrate the incredible power of the athletic form.” It features photos of nearly naked athletes in different poses, demonstrating that athletes are not perfect human beings; they all have flaws and insecurities.
The Body Issue often includes athletes who are pregnant, transgendered, paraplegic, or past their prime. As ESPN says, these photos are meant to “change the way people think about the athletic form.” By introducing the Eagles to the 2019 Body Issue, ESPN was able to inject lightheartedness into the body-positivity campaign.
The Eagles’ offensive line
Linemen Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai all agreed to pose for ESPN’s 2019 Body Issue. They hoped to show that offensive linemen aren’t a bunch of fat guys; they’re world-class athletes who look different than the traditional representation of a pro football player.
The linemen also had a more personal reason to do the shoot. Johnson explained, “This is a special group of guys, and I wanted to capture that moment and capture these guys so we can maybe look back one day and just smile.” The photo shoot included the group tailgating in front of an RV tailgating and joking around, smiling, and laughing.
Perhaps the most humorous part of the shoot involved the group paying homage to fans. One photo shows the players holding up homemade signs that spell “offense” using the signs to cover their private parts. Other photos show them posing in nothing but scarves and hats while laughing. Fans love these images; the offensive linemen truly honored their supporters with these photos.
The Eagles celebrate body positivity
Many people feel ashamed of their bodies, and low self-esteem can lead to unhealthy thoughts and habits. But the Eagles’ offensive line show the world that people can be proud of their bodies, no matter the size or shape. These photos encourage people to practice body positivity.
The ESPN Body Issue shows that even high-level athletes don’t have perfect looking bodies. After all, the Eagles offensive line is one of the best in the NFL and was a huge contributor to their Super Bowl-winning team in 2016.
The photo shoot also shows the linemen being comfortable with their physical appearance. The linemen are comfortable and having fun, despite being nearly naked. This shows that no matter what shape or size you are, you should be proud of your body. Plus, Eagles fans can cherish these photos as they commemorate the 2019-20 NFL season.