Peter King wrote this week about retired Carolina Panthers lineman Jordan Gross leaving football after last season and losing 70 pounds from January until this week when he was at Panthers camp preparing for his broadcasting career. Peter immediately noticed that Gross now looks like Michael Phelps, which is odd since Gross was listed at 6-4, 304 at the start of the 2013 season. Gross knew during the season that the end was near.
He told @SI_PeterKing:
“I don’t believe there’s really any natural 300-pound person. It was getting difficult in all phases of my job to retain strength. I decided to try to do everything I could to play one more season at the highest level I could—be healthy, lead guys, go all out to play at the highest level I could.”
Gross isn’t even trying to lose the weight. He’s just running, going for long walks and eating right. The calories burned add up and you start looking like Phelps, who is listed at 6-4, 194.
July 2014, looking like Phelps: