O-linemen trio almost bare all for ESPN

Anthony Castonzo, Jack Mewhort and Todd Herremans seem quite at ease in tasteful pictorial for magazine's Body Issue.

Taking off for the offseason meant taking it all off for Indianapolis Colts offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo, Jack Mewhort and Todd Herremans.

The trio are pictured tastefully naked — not too much to see here — in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. Several other professional stars are part of the pictorial, including New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, WNBA star Brittney Griner and swimmer Natalie Coughlin.

While congenial, Castonzo typically avoids attention, so this was a bit of a stretch for him, standing with his buddies, each of themholding Colts helmets over their private parts.

Mewhort is a second-year pro and Herremans just joined the Colts during free agency after a decade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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A question-and-answer chat on a variety of topics included questions about their unusually large bodies, how they compare to each other, the reactions they get in public, how much they’re above their natural weight and what people don’t realize about offensive linemen.

Herremans, 6-6 and 321 pounds, admitted back in the day, “I was always pretty pudgy … probably a little pudgier than what you’d call ‘baby fat.’”

Mewhort, 6-6 and 308, said, “I was always bigger. Going into high school, I think I was like 5-foot-9, 190. Then I hit my growth spurt. That’s why when I got this call (to be in the Body Issue) I was like, ‘They want to see me naked?’ I thought I was getting punked.”

Castonzo, 6-7 and 311, explained his growth was gradual: “When I was in the fourth grade, I was playing tackle football with the eighth graders because of my size. But there are pictures of me in high school where I literally looked like a capital L — I had such gigantic feet and I was so tall and so skinny that just standing there, I looked like a capital L. Then I gained a bunch of weight after high school. I was a real late developer.”

The answers are as interesting as the pictures. When asked what people don’t realize about them, Castonzo said, “I’ve been teaching myself how to play the piano, which is kind of just an unwinding thing for when I come home from practice.”

Mewhort said of Castonzo, “Anthony is like the king of facts. I think he studied biochemistry at Boston College. So some of the conversations he has sometimes with (Colts center) Khaled Holmes, who studied the classics at USC ... they'll be talking about their favorite Greek god. It's crazy some of these conversations.

Castonzo admitted, “Oh, we get into it. (quarterback) Andrew (Luck) will usually spark the conversation. But we'll get into political arguments. Another big one is extraterrestrial life; we are all fascinated with the cosmos and what's going on in the universe.”

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