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Bryant McKinnie credits Venus Williams for getting him into shape

Venus Williams of the US gestures during Getty Images

Bryant McKinnie, the Vikings’ enormous offensive tackle, has slimmed down to 355 pounds and plans to get to 340 by the summer. And who does he credit for his newly svelte physique?

Venus Williams.

Yes, McKinnie says he and the five-time Wimbledon singles champion have been working out together, and that Williams is pushing him to get into better shape.

“One thing I learned with Venus, you have to be ready to work for a long lesson,” McKinnie told the Pioneer Press. “She tires you out.”

McKinnie said he’s developed a passion for tennis playing with Williams, but that he’s mostly just hoping the lockout ends in time for training camp.

“I’m assuming that something should be worked out at least by July,” McKinnie said. “People would go crazy if they don’t have football.”

Even if they have tennis to fall back on.

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21 Responses to “Bryant McKinnie credits Venus Williams for getting him into shape”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Apr 22, 2011 10:48 AM

    McKinnie is as svelte as a stanchion now.

  2. nightman13 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:11 AM

    He also credits her for explaning the benefits of a sports bra.

  3. ugk612 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:16 AM

    This should make him move his feet faster, hopefully improving his game.

  4. zn0rseman says: Apr 22, 2011 11:19 AM

    I think Venus Williams is actually Ray Lewis, who puts on a skirt and a wig to make money tennis in the NFL offseason.

  5. bluvayner says: Apr 22, 2011 11:23 AM

    Actually……they’re kind of built alike.

  6. buhbay1c says: Apr 22, 2011 11:51 AM

    Now if she could only teach him how to run block.

  7. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 22, 2011 11:54 AM

    Here I thought I was the only one who thought Venus and Serena looked like Ray Ray with long hair. You nailed it! Those sisters could dominate the Lingerie Football League. they have thighs that make Earl Campbell look anorexic.

  8. axespray says: Apr 22, 2011 12:04 PM

    He’s in Shape?

  9. dempsey63 says: Apr 22, 2011 12:18 PM

    Venus should tutor Viking mascot Ragnar next. He has gotten quite out of shape doing those J.G. Wentworth (“877-CASH NOW!”) commercials.

  10. hobartbaker says: Apr 22, 2011 12:21 PM

    Bryant finally showed up in camp, weighing 186 pounds and hopelessly in love.

  11. MichaelEdits says: Apr 22, 2011 12:50 PM

    There are surely worse ways to stay in shape.

  12. dapipes says: Apr 22, 2011 1:21 PM

    Down to 355 pounds and hopes to get down to 340 pounds even though his listed playing weight is 335 lbs…. Uhh

  13. burntorangehorn says: Apr 22, 2011 1:32 PM

    I would like to credit Kate Beckingsale for getting me into shape. Real wildcat, that broad.

  14. byrmcph says: Apr 22, 2011 1:44 PM

    Hope he smashin that!!

  15. vikesfansteve says: Apr 22, 2011 1:46 PM

    Ladies & Gentlemen the man with the most calloused hands & defined forearm, burntorangehorn.

    burntorangehorn says: Apr 22, 2011 1:32 PM

    I would like to credit Kate Beckingsale for getting me into shape. Real wildcat, that broad.

  16. keeley2 says: Apr 22, 2011 2:02 PM

    The article is much more titillating if you just read the headline.

  17. macaracoon says: Apr 22, 2011 2:06 PM

    Until he eats her…

  18. farmmbig says: Apr 22, 2011 2:24 PM

    Too bad this guy couldn’t figure things out any sooner. The talent/physical ability to be the best ever at the position….. The drive of Jeff Spicoli.

  19. JimmySmith says: Apr 22, 2011 2:30 PM

    Give credit where credit is due, at least McKinnie isn’t hanging out at 6:30 AM in a strip club standing over some guy with a smashed in head from McKinnie’s metal pipe.

    McKinnie went down hill after 2009, combine that with Loadbutt’s unrealized potential and it spelled disaster for the Viking’s Qb. I wouldn’t bet on McKinnie’s return to glory, fat, lazy criminal types from the “U” don’t often find redemption once they start down the slippery slope. But leave it to the Vikings to try, if for no other reason than they don’t have enough draft choices to fill all their holes.

  20. brewdogg says: Apr 23, 2011 10:40 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Apr 22, 2011 2:30 PM

    lazy criminal types from the “U” don’t often find redemption once they start down the slippery slope.

    ——————————————

    That doesn’t say much for Sam Shields, now does it?

    little jimmy, the walking punchline, strikes again…..

  21. percey12 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:48 AM

    little Jimmy needs a slappin

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