Athletes Are People, Too: The 53 Covers Of People Magazine That Featured Sportsfolk

Tuesday June 11th, 2013

Because Sports Illustrated and our Time Inc. sister publication People are old as hell, we've both have had heaps of notable persons on the covers of our magazines. (This was a very big deal back when people consumed media in physical formats.) The list of players with enough sports-cultural cache to appear frequently on SI won't surprise you: Michael Jordan led the charge (as he was wont to do) with 50 covers, followed by Muhammad Ali (38) and Tiger Woods (24). But you have to be a truly special athlete, one with genuine crossover appeal and perhaps larger societal significance, to appear on People. (Or you have to be an actor playing an athlete, or Richard Simmons.) Whatever the case, it's only happened these 53 times.

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