Jeff Saturday, 38, reported to the University of North Carolina at 6-2, 240 pounds in 1994. He gained 10 pounds a year for four years and weighed 280 as a senior center on the offensive line. He added another 15 pounds while in the NFL, where he played for 14 years.
“I think colleges are looking for guys who are great athletes who have the potential to get bigger,” said Saturday, who is now a commentator for ESPN. “With their nutrition and weight programs, colleges can add the weight the right way.
“Getting to 300 pounds shouldn’t be the goal of most high school players.”
Saturday retired in January and has lost more than 60 pounds in six months.
“I have a wife and children,” he said. “I lost the weight for them. Carrying that much weight is unhealthy for the joints and for your organs. I told my children I had to be big for work, but I needed to be smaller for health.”
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