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1998: Kobe, Alex, Kordell, Eric

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Kobe Bryant was 19 when he graced the first cover of ESPN The Magazine with Alex Rodriguez, Kordell Stewart and Eric Lindros. "[Bryant] has a book to read, and he has a BMW to drive, and he has a floppy hat to wear, and he has a generation to carry, and, well, he wants the job," wrote Tom Friend.