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Vince Wilfork weighs in on upcoming appearance in Body Issue

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Vince Wilfork is among the high-profile athletes who will appear in the buff in the upcoming edition of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, which may come as a surprise to many given his sturdy 325-pound frame.

But the 34-year-old Houston Texans defensive lineman hopes his decision to appear in the issue helps inspire people who don’t fit into what typically is considered “conventional” body types.

“I know I don’t have the six-packs and the eight-packs and all that … but I’m perfectly fine with what I am,” Wilfork said in an ESPN press release issued Tuesday, via Shutdown Corner. “If people can look at me, look at a guy that’s 325-plus [pounds] doing an issue like this, I’m pretty sure that they might have a little confidence after seeing that it’s OK to be who you are.”

As Wilfork mentions, he officially weighs in at 325 pounds but many believe he has tipped the scales at up to 370 pounds during his terrific NFL career.

The Body Issue often does its best to include athletes who boast nontraditional physiques, as was the case when Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder graced the pages of the annual issue a few years back.

Wilfork joins an impressive group of A-list athletes who will appear in the upcoming Body Issue, joining Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, UFC superstar Conor McGregor and Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, who discussed his appearance in the issue in an interesting essay.