A couple of former SEC athletes are showing the world their true selves.
Their entire true selves.
Former Florida track and field athlete Novlene Williams-Mills and former LSU softball player A.J. Andrews will appear in this year’s Body Issue edition of ESPN The Magazine.
The magazine will be rolled out throughout the week and hits newsstands on July 7. The pair are among 23 athletes featured this year, joining Javy Baez of the Chicago Cubs, Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, the U.S. women’s hockey team, and others.
The pair are featured in a video on ESPN’s website, with Williams-Mills posing in a starter’s stance and Andrews showing off her back.
“I have a really ripped back,” Andrews says in the video, before breaking out in laughter, “it’s ripped.”
Williams-Mills, a four-time Olympian who has medaled in every trip, is the first breast cancer survivor to appear in the issue. The 400-meter specialist competed for former Florida coach Tom Jones. Williams-Mills won a silver medal in the 4×400 for Jamaica last year in the Summer Olympics in Brazil. She won a silver in the event in the 2012 London Olympics, and also took fifth as an individual. She won silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 4×400 and bronze in the event in 2004 in Athens.
Andrews’ run with the LSU softball team ended with her senior year in 2015. The outfielder made first team All-SEC once and was on the second team twice.
She now plays professionally for the Akron Racers in the National Pro Fastpitch League. Andrews was the first woman to receive a Rawlings Gold Glove award, due in part to numerous acrobatic catches in the outfield.
According to ESPN, “photos, personal interviews and videos of all the Body Issue athletes will debut on ESPN.com on July 5.”