People magazine doesn’t have the heart to tell Elvis Grbac that he isn’t sexy

Secret’s out.

Elvis Grbac isn’t a sexy hunk of man.

Sports Illustrated‘s Jeff Pearlman tells the hilarious story of how the former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback accidentally became 1998’s Sexiest Athlete on his blog.

Here’s a snip of Pearlman’s story:

The magazine chose Rich Gannon as its Sexiest Athlete. At the time, Gannon was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Still a couple of seasons removed from his golden tenure with the Raiders, Gannon was 33, handsome and likable. In other words, a solid choice. Yet People, being People, simply informed the photographer assigned to the piece that the Sexiest Athlete was the Chiefs’ quarterback. Hence, he took pictures of the Chiefs’ quarterback. Well, one of the Chiefs’ quarterbacks: Elvis Grbac.


The pictures made their way back to the New York offices, and editors were dumbfounded. This was their Sexiest Athlete? Yet upon learning the truth, no one with the magazine had the heart (guts?) to tell Grbac that an unfathomable mistake had been made. As a result, Elvis Grbac reigns as People‘s 1998 Sexiest Athlete.

The article’s final line says it all: “His personality makes him sexy.”

Ouch. Personality references are never good.

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