Thursday, October 27, 2011

NFL player gains twenty-plus eating sandwiches

I read an interesting story on Yahoo sports today (Oct. 26). It was a little write up about Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham. It talked about how he gained twenty pounds in two months.

I know you're probably thinking, "How did this guy gain so much weight in such a short period of time?" He apparently gained 2.5 pounds a week eating Philly cheesesteaks last year. The 2010 first-round draft pick tore his ACL last December and spent two months on crutches. His weight jumped from 270 to 290 during his recovery.

"You know what got me real big? The Philly cheesesteaks," Graham told PHILLY.COM. "Jim's. That's all I eat."

Ole buddy said he would eat a whole cheesesteak every time he went down the street to Jim's, the famed sandwich spot, which is mere blocks from where he lives. With no cardio and 1,000 to 1,200 calories a pop, it's easy to see how Graham packed on the pounds. That and admittedly eating two or three plates of food when he wasn't dining on the Philly classic.

Big Brandon is back down to around his fighting weight now. He changed his eating habits when he got off the crutches and has been more focused on his diet and exercise this year. He's still on the Eagles' Physically Unable to Perform list and will be until the team is sure he's all the way back, but he went through his first practice earlier this week.

That's good to know. But I still shake my head when I think about the weight gained simply from eating cheesesteaks. That's wild.