The full release of the Eagles’ offensive line photoshoot are now on the Internet.
Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai bared all for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. It’s the 10th year of the annual edition that celebrates athletes’ physiques by photographing them posing nude or semi-nude.
You can view the full gallery here.
“I think everybody knew we were having fun with it,” Brooks said after Wednesday’s practice. "Everybody knows it is a fun thing. We can laugh at ourselves as an offensive line. It has been good. All the jokes and all that, it is all good.”
Kelce, who seems to have enjoyed himself the most during the shoot, told ESPN in a video interview that representing the less common body type of offensive linemen was important to him.
“Being an offensive lineman, obviously you’re a little bit different than most athletes, so our body types are going to be drastically different," Kelce said. "I think that’s one of the cool things about football -- there’s a place for every kid to play, regardless of size, shape or speed.”
The shoot took place in early June, and the group got word of Carson Wentz signing a four-year contract extension while posing around a recreational vehicle with nothing but Eagles’ masks on.
Hopefully they threw those masks away. The news was met with cheers, and the question of how much money he signed for.
The linemen also talked about how their bodies would change if they stopped playing football, offering some insight on what it’s like packing on so much weight and then hanging onto it.
“I would lose a lot of weight,” Kelce said. “I’m not looking forward to not playing football, because I love playing football. But one thing I am looking forward to is being able to lose weight. I’m looking forward to feeling 60 pounds lighter.”
“I’d probably lose 50 pounds," Johnson added. “Maybe I’d go on a 2-mile run or something. That’s something I haven’t done in the past 10 years.”
But Kelce and Johnson both converted from skill positions to the line. Kelce was once a linebacker at Cincinnati, while Johnson played quarterback and tight end in junior college before finding a home on the line.
For more natural offensive linemen like Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Brandon Brooks, there’s more anxiety about what they’ll look like once their playing days are done.
“If I eat the way I eat, I’d probably be fat," said Vaitai, who is 6-fooot-6, 320 pounds. "I’m probably going to have to cut down on a lot of things. I’m going to have to start eating vegetables.”
Brooks added: “I would hope to go the right way and go down instead of going up. I feel like it’s like one of those gambles -- you’re praying to go down.”