Weighty Issues

WEIGHTY ISSUES: 57 of the 256 players entering the NFL via the 2014 draft were listed at weights of at least 300 pounds. Number of NFL  300-pounders by year: 93 in 2013; 119 in 2012; 132 in 2011; 60 in 2010 and 2009. In about 2002 offensive lineman Aaron Gibson became the league’s first 400-pounder. Former offensive lineman Antoine Davis, 47, grew to almost 450 pounds in retirement. “Once you’re done, you’re done,” he said. “You’re out and you’re on your own.” William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry, defensive tackle and occasional goal-line fullback on the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, passed 400 pounds in retirement and needed help to get out of bed in his late 40s. He lives in South Carolina and rarely appears in public.—“Ex-NFL linemen discover that weighing 300 pounds or more is no asset in life after football”, TheWashingtonPost.com 5/28/14, Kent Babb.

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