12 Former NFL Players Who Lost A Ton Of Weight After Retiring

Many former athletes struggle with weight gain after their playing careers end. This is especially true among football players.

Some players are luckier and actually lose a ton of weight. In many cases, the players are now nearly unrecognizable.

One common theme among many of these players is the position they played.

Most of the players on the following pages were offensive lineman suggesting those players do more to push their body weight to an extreme, developing dangerous habits such as consuming massive amounts of calories to maintain their playing sizes.

Brad Culpepper (no. 77) was a 275-pound defensive tackle for three different teams and retired after the 2000 season.

Here is Brad Culpepper with his wife on the show 'Survivor.' He says it was pretty easy to lose 80 pounds because just stopped eating all the food needed to maintain his playing weight.

Source: sptimes.com

Alan Faneca was a 320-pound offensive lineman for the Steelers, Jets, and Cardinals and last played in 2010.

Alan Faneca has lost 105 pounds since he stopped playing and completed his first marathon earlier this year.

Jeff Saturday was a 295-pound center who spent most of his career with the Colts and retired after the 2012 season.

Jeff Saturday (left) now weighs 238 pounds and runs a program to help former players learn about healthy lifestyles.


Antone Davis (no. 78) was a 330-pound offensive lineman and grew to 475 pounds after he stopped playing in 1997.

Antone Davis was recently a runner-up on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser,' where he lost more than 200 pounds.

In the 1960s, Lions defensive lineman Roger Brown (no. 76) was the first 300-pound player to get regular playing time in the NFL.

After he retired, he ballooned to nearly 450 pounds before a health scare convinced him to start losing weight. He (no. 76) is now 227 pounds.

Nate Newton (no. 61), a 320-pound offensive lineman, played most of his 14-year career with the Cowboys before retiring in 1999 and growing to nearly 400 pounds in retirement.

Nate Newton is now a shell of his former self, getting down to 220 pounds in 2010 after surgery to remove 75% of his stomach.

JaMarcus Russell struggled with his weight with the Raiders and even more before attempting to get back into the NFL.

In 2013, JaMarcus Russell lost 51 pounds hoping for another shot in the NFL.

SOURCE: @TEST_Football

Tom Nalen was a 290-pound center for the Denver Broncos, last playing in 2007.

A skinnier Tom Nalen was recently inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame and credits his weight loss to still working out after he retired while many other former players stop.

LenDale White weighed as much as 260 pounds as a running back for the Titans.

Prior to his last season in the NFL, LenDale White lost 30 pounds and he credited the loss to giving up tequila.


Matt Birk was a 310-pound center for the Vikings and Ravens who retired in 2012.

After retiring, Matt Birk lost 75 pounds after joining Body By ViSalus, a company dedicated to ending obesity, and Birk is now a model.

SOURCE: Challenge.com

Mark Schlereth was a 290-pound offensive lineman for Washington and Denver and last played in 2000.

Mark Schlereth is now a slimmed-down commentator on ESPN.

David Pollack weighed as much as 297 pounds as a defensive lineman college, and last played in the NFL in 2006 as a 260-pound linebacker for the Bengals.

After a career-ending injury Pollack is now a 220-pound college football commentator for ESPN. Pollack says he just got smarter about what he eats and when he eats it.

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