Throwback: Arizona athletes on the cover of ESPN The Magazine

May 3, 2019, 12:40 PM | Updated: May 5, 2019, 8:53 pm
Jake Plummer (September 1999) Jason Kidd (July 1998) Josh Rosen (April 2018) James Harden (October 2017) James Harden (October 2015) Tyrann Mathieu (April 2013) James Harden (December 2012) Tyson Chandler (July 2012) Diana Taurasi (October 2010) Amar'e Stoudemire (October 2010) Matt Leinart (June 2007) Phil Mickelson (March 2007) Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson (May 2006) Carson Palmer (October 2005) Matt Leinart (August 2005) Shawn Marion (May 2005) Steve Nash (March 2005) Amar'e Stoudemire (February 2005) Grant Hill (January 2005) Matt Leinart (August 2004) Diana Taurasi (July 2004) Larry Fitzgerald (April 2004) Diana Taurasi (November 2003) Karlos Dansby (September 2003) Diana Taurasi (March 2003) Luke Walton (November 2002) Randy Johnson (July 2002) Mike Bibby, Shaquille O'Neal, Jason Kidd (June 2002) Tyson Chandler (August 2001) Kurt Warner (October 2000) Randy Johnson (June 2000)

The news broke this week that ESPN The Magazine, which first came out in 1998, would print for the last time later this year as journalism increasingly shifts to digital platforms.

“The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail, following September’s release of The Body Issue,” ESPN said in a statement. “Our data shows the vast majority of readers already consume our print journalism on digital platforms, and this approach will maximize our reach and impact.”

But days of getting the magazine in the mail are gone.

And over the years, many, many athletes have graced those covers.

So we looked back at the many times an athlete with ties to Arizona was on the front of ESPN The Magazine.

See the gallery above to look through past covers and get a taste of nostalgia.

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Throwback: Arizona athletes on the cover of ESPN The Magazine