Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte obviously identifies with the naked newborn on the cover of Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind.
"I honestly think I nailed the shot," Ryan said of his photo shoot for ESPN The Magazine's Music Issue. "If you look at the baby, he's definitely happy in the water, and that's what I am. And look, he's chasing after a dollar bill. So he's always on the grind. That's me."
NFL players, an Olympic sprinter, a NASCAR driver, an Olympic soccer player and several other athletes had fun recreating popular album covers for The Music Issue while also sharing personal playlists of their favorite songs.
Check out some of the photos right here! Which is your favorite?
Trent Richardson of the Cleveland Browns, LaMarr Woodley of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks posed as Run-DMC.
"My reaction was Who was I gonna be? I had to get all this glue on my face. Why did the guy with the least facial hair have to put on the most facial hair?" said LaMarr.
Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix got fierce as Beyonce.
"Everyone says I'm a really laid-back, quiet person. I always feel like I have to get into this alter ego before I run, so I listen to Beyonce's song 'Diva.' The song kind of takes me to that other place," Allyson said.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback Josh Freeman got his Jheri curl on to portray the King of Pop.
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson recruited his wife Chandra to recreate The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
"I've always been a Dylan fan, and I thought I could make myself look like him. And we live in the West Village, very close to where the album cover was shot. So rather than hiring an actress, it just made sense that my wife, Chani, would be the girl [Dylan's then-girlfriend, Suze Rotolo]. I basically committed her without telling her," Jimmie explained.
What do you think about motocross racer James "Bubba" Stewart taking on Rick James' Street Songs?
"About four years ago, I came up with Rick James Stewart. My friend and I were messing around one night and decided to blast 'Give It to Me Baby.' We busted out wigs, did a video and put it online. It blew up. People loved it," James explained. "Most of my fans call me Bubba, but they sometimes call me Rick James too. My favorite lyric? 'Say what?'"
Alex Morgan of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team cloned one of her favorite pop stars.
"My favorite Katy Perry song is 'I Kissed a Girl.' My dad even listened to it. It's like she came out of nowhere. Pop music gets me hyped: Katy, Rihanna, old-school '90s hip-hop like Salt-N-Pepa. The head-banging stuff gives me a headache," Alex revealed.
Major League Baseball stars Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton and Shane Victorino got down as Devo.
"I was surprised when they asked me," said Brandon. "When I looked at the album cover, I didn't see no brothers." While Giancarlo confessed, "I didn't even know Devo sang 'Whip It.' I just thought the hats and outfits would be funny."
These are only eight photos that ESPN shared ahead of the magazine's official release. Pick up a copy on February 18th to see all 14.
Source, Photos: ESPN