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Page2's Hottest Male Athletes

4/12/2006

SHAUN ALEXANDER
Running back, Seattle Seahawks
Age: 28

Residence: Florence, Ky.

Height: 5-11

College: Alabama

Career Highlights:
2005 NFL MVP and set NFL record with 28 TDs
Three-time Pro Bowler with 7,817 career rushing yards and 100 TDs in just six seasons


Although he doesn't have a championship ring, carrying the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance (along with that touchdown record and NFL MVP award) made Shaun Alexander a lot sexier. He has become the shining star of the Seattle sports scene, the do-everything running back embraced by his team and fans.

His million-dollar smile can be seen miles from the sidelines. Alexander is a downright Southern sweetheart. And the ladies (not to mention his beautiful wife and kids) love to see that sweet disposition -- a softer side that contrasts with his rugged style of play.

Now, the Seahawks just need to sign their free-agent stud or there will be frowns everywhere in the Emerald City.


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JEREMY BLOOM

Freestyle skiing/football

Age: 23

Born: Fort Collins, Colo.

Height: 5-9

College: Colorado

Career Highlights:
Competed in 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics
First place at the 2005 World Cup moguls
Two-year letterman at Colorado (wide receiver/punt returner)


Jeremy Bloom has it all going on. He can tackle moguls as well as take on monster linebackers chasing after him on the football field. After placing sixth in the men's moguls freestyle skiing event in Torino, Bloom is heading to the NFL scouting combine in hopes of getting drafted to pursue a pro football career. Bloom has already grabbed the 2005 World Cup title and has competed in two Olympics so far.

Yes, his boyish smile and model good looks have gotten him some key endorsements and sponsors. And if you check out his Under Armour ads, in which he flaunts his rock-solid abs, you'll know why women swoon. His hair is always tousled and less than perfect, which makes you wonder whether he just rolled out of bed or off the slopes. And he's currently dating cutie Cameran Eubanks from MTV's "Real World San Diego."


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LAIRD HAMILTON
Surfer

Age: 41

Raised: Oahu, Hawaii

Height: 6-3


Laird Hamilton is the King of Surf. He personifies "no fear" by taking on the world's biggest waves, like the unrippable Teahupoo and Peahi (these are the names of the big waves and also the beach/surf spots). With sun-bleached salted hair and the body of Achilles, he is incredibly sexy by all standards. Laird epitomizes man and nature.

Setting an unattainable feat in ripping tidal waves, Laird jumps 360 aerials in tow-surf off the Great Barrier Reef and advances the art of designing big-wave boards. He's also a champion sailboarder and has been lost at sea and survived to talk about it.

And what's sexier than a man with his little girl? He's often photographed with his darling toddler, Reece, and he's married to volleyball hottie Gabrielle Reece.

Besides gracing covers for magazines such as National Geographic, Outside, The Surfer's Journal, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, People (one of its 50 Most Beautiful People) and GQ, he recently spoke about environmental consciousness at the TIME Global Health Summit, where medical, political and business experts met to develop actions and solutions to the world's health crises.


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LEBRON JAMES
Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 21

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Height: 6-8

Career Highlights:
MVP of 2006 All-Star Game
Youngest-ever NBA Rookie of the Year, 2004
One of three rookies (Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan) to average 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists; averaging 30-plus points per game in '05-06


LeBron James hopes to lead the Cavs to the playoffs this season. He recently started wearing tights on the court, and maybe that's apropos, considering his artistry with a ball in his hands: He can score and pass with equal skill. He was crowned MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game. As sharp and suave as he looked in a suit on a recent January cover of ESPN The Magazine, it's no wonder he makes the ladies swoon.

Raised by a single mother, James learned to be self-sufficient at an early age. Yet he has never forgotten where he came from, as he explains in the Mag interview. Rather than being a lone star, he is intent on building the Cavaliers into a successful team.

His Nike commercial features the multidimensional LeBron -- the athlete, the businessman, the wise old man and the kid -- and shows why there's no question he remains the golden child of the NBA.


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VINCENT LECAVALIER
Center, Tampa Bay Lightning

Age: 25

Hometown: L'Ile-Bizard, Quebec

Height: 6-4

Career Highlights:
Helped lead Lightning to 2004 Stanley Cup title
MVP of Canada's 2004 World Cup championship; member of 2006 Olympic team
In 2000, became youngest full-time captain in NHL history


Scoring game-winning goals seems effortless for Vincent Lecavalier. The young NHL sharpshooter has been in the limelight since he was the first pick of the 1998 draft, and he reached the NHL pinnacle when the Lightning won the 2004 Stanley Cup. No doubt his cool and laid-back attitude make him a hit with his fans. The face of EA Sports' "NHL 06," Lecavalier has a boyish smile and a shy demeanor that make him all the more endearing.

As he glides easily around the ice, female fans are left to wonder how smooth his moves might be outside the rink. Ladies, have you seen his photo in ESPN's recent Hot & Cool issue? He looks naturally sexy and tall in just jeans and a T-shirt.

And who knew he's a world traveler? He has visited Fiji, Hiroshima and Moscow and has swum with great white sharks off South Africa.


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MATT LEINART: Voted Page 2's Hottest
USC Quarterback

Age: 22

Birthplace: Santa Ana, Calif.

Height: 6-5

College: USC
Career Highlights:
Led USC to the 2003 and 2004 national titles
2004 Heisman winner
Finished with 99 TD passes and just 23 interceptions in his college career


Matt Leinart earns raves for forgoing the immediate riches of the NFL and returning to USC for his senior year. Although the Trojans fell short in the Rose Bowl, Leinart remains a future NFL star and L.A.'s favorite up-and-coming star.

Tall, with rugged looks and wavy hair, he has entertained several promotional appearances -- following in the steps of another of his agent's superstars, Ben Roethlisberger. Perhaps a Super Bowl win awaits in Matt's future.

Hollywood has embraced Leinart, as well. He's pals with Nick Lachey and has partied with Jessica Simpson, dated surfer Veronica Kay and been eye candy gossip fodder for celebs such as Alyssa Milano. But he's apparently just a "regular" college kid and reportedly has dated USC basketball player Brynn Cameron since February 2005. We also applaud Matt's choice of study this past fall semester: Any player who can make ballroom dancing manly is doing something right.


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CARLOS MOYA
Tennis

Age: 29

Hometown: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Height: 6-3

Career Highlights:
18 career singles titles
Career earnings of more than $11 million
Won 1998 French Open
Led Spain to 2004 Davis Cup win over U.S., winning both singles matches


Affectionately referred to as "King Carlos" by some of his adoring fans, Carlos Moya has been one of the top heartthrobs in tennis for a decade (People magazine named him one of its 50 Most Beautiful back in 1999).

Moya might look like a bad boy of tennis with his long hair, flaunty attitude and muscular arms (but who doesn't want a little bad boy, anyway?). Still, fans embrace him for his passion for the sport and philanthropic compassion. He donated his first-place earnings of $52,000 to tsunami relief efforts after winning the 2005 Chennai Open title in India.


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APOLO ANTON OHNO
Short track speedskater

Age: 23

Hometown: Seattle

Height: 5-8

Career Highlights:
Gold and bronze medalist at 2006 Torino Olympics
Gold and silver medalist at 2002 Salt Lake Olympics
2005 World Championship title


Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno is a human rocket on ice. He has the speed, the sculpted body and the name of a Greek god. And even though he wasn't named after the god of the sun (his first name is the literal Greek translation for "look out, here he comes"), Apolo is revered in the world of short track speedskating. He has collected Olympic gold, three world titles and seven national championships.

In Torino, he secured a gold medal in the 500 meters and the bronze in both men's 1000m and 5,000-meter relay. The young heartthrob with model hair and hip soul patch has come a long way since he was called "Chunky" as a kid.


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DWYANE WADE
Guard, Miami Heat

Age: 24

Hometown: Chicago

Height: 6-4

College: Marquette

Career Highlights:
2005 All-NBA Second Team
One of the NBA's leading scorers


Dwyane Wade can bring on the heat, and not just in Miami. His explosive leaping ability and fearless drives to the basket have made him one of the NBA's top superstars in just his third season. Embraced by Shaq and nicknamed "Flash" for his quick moves on the court, Wade is a two-time All-Star and one of the league's most popular players.

In fact, fans can't get enough of D-Wade. According to ESPN.com writer Darren Rovell, Wade will top the league's best-selling jersey list this year. And let's not forget his endorsement deals with Converse, Sean John and Gatorade.

He cleans up so nicely after a game, he's reason alone to support the NBA dress code. In his jersey or in a suit, Wade is classy, sexy and hot. He's the cover guy for "NBA Live 06" and ESPN The Magazine's recent Hot & Cool issue. People magazine also named him to its 50 Most Beautiful People list.


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DAN WHELDON
IndyCar driver

Age: 27

Born: Emberton, England

Height: 5-9

Career Highlights:
2005 IndyCar Series champion
His six victories included the Indianapolis 500


What makes Dan Wheldon sexy is that even though he was the king of Indy last year, he had no qualms about sharing the spotlight with the new dame of racing, Danica Patrick. Even after Wheldon won the Indy 500, he was supportive of Danica-mania and said her presence was good for the sport. This sportsmanship and supportive attitude show a sensitive side that makes him a favorite among his fans.

Let's not overlook the fact that this speed racer is also a charmer and the ultimate bachelor. His British accent, accentuated hair and GQ looks can entice any lady. His passions, when he's not screaming down a backstretch at 230 mph, are ladies and watching his beloved Manchester United. Sounds like a true Brit to us.


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