Athletes Rock Out As Famous Performers in ESPN The Magazine Music Issue


Celebrities and musicians share rarified air. Us common folk can’t understand the notoriety, pressure, and perks that come with rising to the top of the game and staying there. Maybe that’s why so many of them hook up. Carrie Underwood and the NHL’s Mike Comrie and Russell Wilson and Ciara are just two power couples that make beautiful music together. In that spirit, athletes got to live out their rockstar dreams and pose as famous musicians for a special music issue of ESPN the Magazine. F&TS previews of some of the hottest images from the photoshoot. To begin our post, we have to say–Katy Perry’s music may be divisive, but she does photograph very well. Houston Texans’ star linebacker J.J. Watt doesn’t seem to mind.

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NFL Players Pose as RUN-DMC

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, Seattle Seahawks back Marshawn Lynch, and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ LaMarr Woodley were re-imagined as rap icons RUN-DMC. Call them the ‘kings of toting the rock.’ We believe Reverend Run, Darryl McDaniels (D), and Jam Master Jay would be proud of the final image. Readers can actually vote for their favorite music-athlete mashup on

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Alex Morgan as Katy Perry

U.S. Women’s National Team star Alex Morgan re-created Katy Perry’s colorful “One of the Boys” album cover in 2013. Morgan definitely does justice to the iconic cover and doesn’t look like one of the boys. Morgan is considered one of the best U.S. soccer players of the last decade. But if she ever wanted to quit her day job, she could definitely excel as a model. The 2015 ESPN Music Issue featuring famous athletes posing as musicians is on stands now. 

Felix is Queen Bee

U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix may not be a household name yet, but she did the Bey-hive proud with her recreation of the “Dangerously in Love” album cover. Thanks to the New York Daily News for the preview images. Admit, you ordered a copy of Jock Jams as a kid or picked one up at your local car wash.