Dwyane Wade Overcomes His Fears And Finally Embraces 'ESPN The Magazine's' Body Issue

"Doing the Body Issue is bigger than looking at an athlete's body."

Dwyane Wade is gracing the pages of "ESPN The Magazine's" Body Issue.

However, it wasn't so easy to get this NBA champion and future hall of fame inductee to do the issue.

For seven years, ESPN pleaded with Wade to do the issue, and he finally agreed in order to overcome his fears and insecurities.

He told Morty Ain that he is like any other human, and "had a fear of being naked in front of others and a fear of being judged."

He says when he was growing up, he had a fear that people would make fun of his outie belly button and would never even take off his shirt to go swimming.

He also had a fear of partaking in high school swim class because he was insecure about his feet.

In fact, he says it was only up four years ago when he "started feeling comfortable with my body overall."

Now, the 34-year-old is all about being himself and "authentic."

He can now joke about his belly button and is proud of the body he has to work hard for.

While at 21-years-old he says his physique came naturally to him, he now puts in a tremendous amount of work to stay healthy, and at 34, it makes him "feel good to see the finished product."

The issue will be released in July.