Arguably the most surprising athlete to be included in this year’s ESPN the Magazine ‘Body Issue’ is Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder. The hefty first baseman is one of the bigger players in baseball but, according to Prince, he wanted to be in the Body Issue to let people know you don’t have to be a fitness model to be an athlete:

A lot of people probably think I’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack. I work out to make sure I can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, I’m not going up there trying to be a fitness model.

Prince talks about his experience with the Body Issue more in this ESPN article, which also includes a video of his interview & photoshoot.


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