ESPN The Magazine’s “Interview” Issue Hits Newsstands Today; Highlights This Year’s Top Newsmakers in Sports

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ESPN The Magazine’s “Interview” Issue Hits Newsstands Today; Highlights This Year’s Top Newsmakers in Sports

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On the cover: In Gronk! The Interview, New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski talks injuries, his fears, Brady, and, of course, his dance moves.

Behind the scenes photo gallery from The Mag’s photo-shoot with Gronk: http://es.pn/1wgBfzq.

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Full list of featured interviews:

  • Becky Hammon (interviewed by Doris Burke)
  • Conor McGregor (interviewd by Brett Okamoto)
  • DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller (interviewed by Jeff Legwold)
  • Hunter Pence (interviewed by Tim Keown)
  • Janay Rice (interviewed by Jemele Hill)
  • Jeanie and Jim Buss (interviewed by Ramona Shelburne)
  • Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski (interviewed by Ryan McGee)
  • Joe Madden (interviewed by Steve Wulf)
  • Johnny Quinn (interviewed by Sam Alipour)
  • Justin Hardy (interviewed by Ryan McGee)
  • Meb Keflezighi (interviewed by Bonnie Ford)
  • Michele Roberts (interviewed by Pablo Torre)
  • Mo’ne Davis (interviewed by Bonnie Ford)
  • Rob Gronkowski (interviewed by Lindsay Czarniak)
  • Samaje Perine’s five O-lineman (interviewed by Jake Trotter)
  • Serena Williams (interviewed by Chris Evert)
  • Tim Howard (interviewed by Kasey Keller)

*For extended interviews, photo galleries and video, go to ESPN.com and search “Mag Interview 2014”*

Interview Issue Features

The bitter end to Landon Donovan’s United States career

At 32 years old, Landon Donovan holds the U.S. men’s national team record for career goals (57) and assists (57), and the MLS all-time record for most goals (143) and assists (136). He was also left off the 23-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil. Now, he’s retiring from the sport, after a low with his international career, but on a high on his pro career: He helped the Galaxy reach – and win – the MLS Cup final on December 7, and set another record in his final game as a professional, capturing his sixth MLS Cup title. By Wayne Drehs

Delon Wright’s breakout role

Utah’s Delon Wright was the most overlooked player last season, despite his dominance on the court. His stats ranked with some of the best in the game, and, according to John Pudner, who established the Value Add metric, Wright is on track to be one of the greatest college basketball players ever. By Adam Doster

Additional Interview Issue Highlights:

  • NBA: The Mag’s Jordan Brenner reveals three offseason moves that were either ignored or criticized, but are paying huge dividends through the first quarter of the season in Here’s to the other guys.
  • NFL: In his latest column entitled, “Sports stars are waking up,” The Mag’s Howard Bryant discusses how stars are – finally – speaking out on injustice. From the protests surrounding Ferguson to Ray Rice’s nadir and reinstatement, real-life events are forcing professional athletes to take positions on social issues for their enormous sums of money had shielded from them. But now that players have peaked their heads out from their five-star hotels, will an even greater activism follow? It needs to, for their sake and ours.
  • CFB: In his “Numbers” column, Peter Keating reverse-engineers the college football rankings, finding out which criteria the committee favors and which it doesn’t.

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Media Contact: Carrie Kreiswirth at (646) 547-4686 or [email protected]

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