For an NFL defensive tackle, 282 pounds is downright skinny. But Arizona’s Nick Eason says it’s the right weight for him.
Eason, who turns 32 next week, told the Arizona Republic that he made weight loss a goal in an attempt to extend his career, and through diet and taking up boxing this offseason he has dropped 40 pounds, getting down to 282 — the lightest he’s been in the NFL.
“I realized that I could probably help myself and extend my career if I lost a little weight,” Eason said.
As the NFL continues to emphasize player health and safety, encouraging players to keep their weight in check might be a step for the league to take. But Eason says his weight loss was mostly about getting better on the field.
“I feel a lot quicker now. I have a lot more endurance,” Eason said. “I think that’s going to help this team win more football games this year.”