What were your thoughts about the Body Issue before you were asked to participate?
I’ve always thought the Body issue was cool but never pictured myself doing it although every year my wife would say you should really do the Body issue. When it was presented to me, my wife was the one who actually told me they wanted me. Of course she was very happy; I needed to think about it. Showing my body doesn’t bother me, it never has but being 100% naked in front of a bunch of people. . . Well I had to think about that.
What was the most surprising aspect of the shoot?
ESPN did a great job of explaining to me in advance how the shoot would go, how they will minimize the amount of people who would actually see me in all my nakedness. I was hearing what they were saying but had my doubts. Once I got there the amount of professionalism and privacy they showed me was more than they promised.
What’s your favorite shot from your portfolio?
There is a shot that really stands out in my head, I looked like I was curled into a ball but it was a very strong picture. I was honestly blown away by all of the shots but right now that’s the one that stands out in my head.
What’s the reaction been among family, friends and teammates?
Everyone has been great now that it’s officially come out. No one knew about the shoot except for my wife and the people directly involved. This is the longest and biggest secret I’ve held on to. Once the news broke everyone has embraced it we will see how that goes now that the pictures are out. . .