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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick poses nude for magazine

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Colin Kaepernick was one of several athletes to pose in ESPN the Magazine's fifth annual body issue. (ESPN the Magazine)
Colin Kaepernick was one of several athletes to pose in ESPN the Magazine's annual 'Body Issue.' (ESPN the Magazine)

Last week, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the news for something he was wearing -- a Miami Dolphins hat. This week he's in the news because he's not wearing anything. At all.

Kaepernick posed nude for ESPN the Magazine's annual "Body Issue." The 49ers quarterback is on one of the covers of the fifth annual issue, which is slated to hit newsstands July 12. The magazine featured eight different covers this year, and Kaepernick was one of the eight athletes asked to pose for a cover shot.

As you can see above, the pictures don't leave much to the imagination, and that's the way Kaepernick seems to want it.

"I don't want to be the standard image. I don't want to be that perfect mold of, 'This is what every quarterback before you looked like, this is what you're supposed to look like,' " Kaepernick told ESPN the Magazine.

The third-year quarterback thrives on being different.

"One of the biggest things when I started playing was, 'Well, you have tattoos, you don't dress the same way most quarterbacks do,' " Kaepernick said. "To me, as long as I go out and play well, it shouldn't be a problem how I dress or whether I have tattoos or not. I want people to look at me and say, 'He's successful, but he's doing it a different way.'"

Besides Kaepernick, the seven other athletes on the covers are: Olympic volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings, golf legend Gary Player, NBA forward Kenneth Faried, NHRA driver Courtney Force, MLB slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Team USA soccer forward Sydney Leroux and Moto X gold medalist Tarah Gieger.

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