This is why you avoid players above 330 pounds

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This is why you avoid players above 330 pounds

Postby Pudge » Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:17 pm

Pro Football Weekly wrote:Starting OLG Shawn Andrews recently got a terrifying wake-up call when a childhood friend, who like Andrews was 23 years old, died of a heart attack. Like Andrews, the friend suffered from weight issues. Andrews admitted recently that he ballooned to about 400 pounds this offseason but lost nearly 35 in the month following the friend’s death. He still has a ways to go; Andrews said his optimal playing weight is about 345 pounds but that he’d like to report to training camp at about 355. Andrews still figures to be the team’s long-term answer at right tackle, once Jon Runyan can’t handle the job. The Eagles drafted 20-year-old Winston Justice, who played right tackle at USC last season, but he’s viewed as a potential replacement for OLT Tra Thomas down the road. Todd Herremans, who filled in ably for an injured Thomas in parts of four games last season, also could figure in as a tackle, but he’s being given a shot to win the vacant OLG job.

It's like 330 is the magic number in the NFL. As soon as you hit that as your "normal" playing weight, it's like a flick of a switch and the guy can be 400 pounds.
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Postby MadBirdMike » Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:25 am

Unhealthy. Your heart can only take so much stress and every pound of flesh adds dramatically to the amount of blood vessels that need to be maintained. Muscle and fat can accumulate quickly, but your heart does not grow very much throughout your whole life. IF it does enlarge relatively quickly, it is usually a precursor to some disease.

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Postby widetrak21 » Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:09 am

I saw the other day that a normal heart beats about 100,000x per day, and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood.

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Postby MarylandFalcon1 » Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:14 pm

Weight for an athlete is also an issue versus wieght for a couch potato. The stress of an NFL season on a heart is tremendous compared to sitting on your butt every day watching reruns of Star Trek.
Also, you have to look at sleeping patterns for guys with high weights over 300 pounds. Lack of sleep, and sleep apnea (basically you stop breathing during sleep due to weight and the closing of your throat during heavy snoring) is a big hazard. As men get older their throats close, causing snoring that you might not have had at 25 but at 30 your wife moves to another room, and weight only compounds the issue. Sleep apnea, even if no killing you itself, will cause a lack of proper sleep increasing many other health risks as the body breaks down accordingly. These 'huge' players are asking for it.
One thing they might want to do is take a page from the Japanese, as Sumo Wrestlers are not huge their whole lives. Once a wrestler retires they go on an eating plan that reduces them to the size of a normal human, but you also don't have as much fried, fast, and fat filled food in Japan as you do in the U.S.

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Postby widetrak21 » Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:41 pm

At some point a while ago I had seen a study on olineman weights back in the 70/80's, versus now a days. Basically everyone back then had olineman around the 250-275 range, now a days you'd better be over 300 to compete. Unreal change if you think about it, for that short a time frame.

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Postby PB21 » Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:54 am

It'll also be interesting to see how much the weight of the big guys lessens due to the inability to use roids anymore.

Kyle Turley is an example,...now lost 30 pounds or something like that and wanting to play tight end.

But there'll always be the big guys that are naturally just,...huge human beings.


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