Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown graces ESPN's Body Issue 2016

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Pro Bowler. 2x Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year. Reality TV star. Philanthropist.

Antonio Brown has quite the list of accomplishments on his resume.

Now, the Steelers wide receiver can add another thing to the list: ESPN model.


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The Miami native bared it all (well, sort of) for this year's ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. He's the second Steelers player to make the issue, following Casey Hampton in 2009.

Football fans will recognize Brown for his infamous touchdown celebration from 2015, but the general audience had a chance know more about him from "Dancing With the Stars" earlier this year. As for Pittsburghers, well, he's been spotted several times in the city, from cheering on the Penguins, to hosting charity softball games and treating high school players to a movie.

In the magazine, the Steeler talks about his workout and eating habits, his "Dancing" appearance and finding success in the NFL despite being a "small" receiver.


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"Being passed up by teams because of my size made me hungry. I've seen a lot of first-round guys who come in and never really do nothing because they may not appreciate the opportunity because everything has been given to them," Brown said. "I don't think of myself as a small receiver, but you can't control what somebody says about you. It hasn't held me back — actually, I think I've changed the perception of smaller receivers."


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As for his body: "I was eating hot fries, potato chips in the morning, Capri Sun. That was like my breakfast. That changed when I got to college — I put on 20 pounds of muscle. Now I like everything about my body. My calves are developing and getting strong — it's definitely mango season. Mangoes have a nice, strong shape when they're growing on the trees around this time, when they start plumping — just like my calves. Also, I've got a lot of kids, so my sperm count is good."

Among some of the other athletes that made the issue:


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Chicago Cubs ace pitcher (and Pittsburgh *favorite*) Jake Arrieta.


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Boxer Claressa Shields.


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UFC fighter Conor McGregor


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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.


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Chicago Red Stars forward/USWNT Christen Press


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Denver Broncos player Von Miller.


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WNBA All-Star Elena Della Donna.


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Eight-time AMA Supercross and Motocross champion Ryan Dungey.

You can check out more photos and interviews here.

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