Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was released by the Vikings last summer amid reports that he had ballooned up to 400 pounds during the lockout. But McKinnie says that’s not true.
In fact, McKinnie says the most he ever weighed with the Vikings was 386, and that he was never a 400-pounder.
“I never was,” McKinnie said on Yahoo Sports Radio, via the Baltimore Sun. “That was exaggerated by the Vikings.”
Once you’re up to the high 300s, a difference of 14 pounds here and there doesn’t mean much, and no one disputes that McKinnie at times has failed to show up to training camp in the best of shape. But McKinnie says that won’t be the case this year. He’s currently down to 350 pounds and finding that once you get yourself into shape, it’s easier to stay in shape.
“Once you just be consistent and keep doing it, you start feeling better and better each day every time you go out and do it,” McKinnie said. “Add in the healthy meals and stuff, it definitely makes it a lot better because you’re putting good fuel into your body.”
McKinnie is putting fuel into a slimmer body now, but he wants to make it clear that he never had a 400-pound body.