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ESPN The Magazine
16 min read
Sports

Body 2017

EVERYBODY HAS A BODY, BUT NO BODY IS PERFECT. Think all great athletes are flawless? Javier Baez was born with crooked feet that needed braces—and now patrols the infield for the Cubs. Kirstie Ennis lost a leg in Afghanistan—then made herself into a multisport superstar. Guard Isaiah Thomas peaked at 5-foot-9—and last season scored more points than anyone his height in NBA history. Heck, softball player A.J. Andrews broke multiple bones in her hand—and still became the first woman to win a Gold Glove. Yes, everybody has a body—and as this, our ninth Body Issue, proves, every body tells a stor
NPR
6 min read
Sports

He Took A Knee On The Field In Protest, And He Still Has No Team

Less than a month away from the start of the regular season, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains a player without a team. Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before games last season. He said he was protesting treatment of people in black communities during a time of great tension sparked by police shootings of African-Americans. But his actions sparked outrage. Critics called his pregame protests anti-American, even accusing him of being against the military, a charge Kaepernick has repeatedly denied. Bringing awareness and sparking social change were hi
ESPN The Magazine
12 min read
Sports

Still Standing

Greg Oden has a recurring dream. He’s playing defense for the Trail Blazers. He blocks a shot and passes to the outlet and sprints down-court, light and fast and strong. He’s three years removed from his last NBA appearance now, trying to build a new life out of the lows of his last one, but in the dream he can still play. He can still run. He glides to the paint, catches a return pass and dunks. Coast-to-coast. The crowd explodes. He feels a sweet rush of adrenaline. Fans love him, and he loves himself—all joy and no shame. ODEN IS IN the lobby of the academic support center on the Ohio Stat