Patriots receiver Julian Edelman appears nude on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, which hits newsstands July 7. (There are several different covers, and Edelman is one of the athletes featured.) In a second picture, the pass catcher is in midair holding the pigskin strategically over his private parts. Edelman looks pretty brawny in both, but the two-time Super Bowl champ tells the mag he has “ugly feet.” It’s all about the photos, of course, but here are a few quotes from the piece on Tom Brady’s favorite target.
■ “Obviously goal No. 1 every year is to play in every game. That should be a high priority because sometimes durability can get you past ability. People think it’s just a 16-week season, but this is a 52-week kind of job. You’re always thinking about how to improve and what to get for the next year. I know what time of year it is from how my body looks.”
■ “The No. 1 rule you’re taught as a receiver: You’ve just got to watch the ball. You hear about the guy who was lucky. But the guy who was lucky got an opportunity, and he was prepared for it. Sometimes the ball falls your way, and, you know, we’ll take it.”
■ “When I first started playing Pop Warner, I was really small. . . . I’d go [to my dad] crying and be like, ‘Pops, when am I going to grow? I’m sick of being short.’ And he goes, ‘Don’t worry, son; just keep battling. I’ll just tell you right now, one day it’s going to be unfair.’ ”
■ “I think it’s always that little bit of doubt that makes you work harder. There’s that little thing in the back of your mind, the fear of failure. It drives me nuts. I think I hate losing more than I love winning.”