Courtney Upshaw lighter on field, heavier in wallet

AP

While it sounds like a prerequisite for being a professional athlete, Courtney Upshaw needed a little incentive to get in shape.

The Ravens rookie outside linebacker was drawing regular fines, until he got his weight under control. Now, he’s below his target weight of 270 pounds, but came to camp over 280, which led to his wallet being lighter.

“I didn’t even look at the fines,” Upshaw said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “I just knew they were taking my money. That started getting me down.”

He lost nearly $20,000 for being overweight, but has dieted and exercised his way back into good standing. He actually failed the pre-camp conditioning test before passing it on the second try.

“Of course, I came in heavy,” Upshaw said. “It was eating at night that was killing me.”

Upshaw hasn’t made a huge impact this season, with half a sack and a fumble recovery to go with 29 tackles.

“When I’m out there, I want to go through the game and I’m thinking, ‘I haven’t made a tackle yet,’ and I want to get an assist here and there,” Upshaw said. “It’s motivation for me.

“When I’m out there on the field, I’m not even thinking about that. I want to make plays. I’m not out there just to be out there.”

Now that there’s less of him out there, maybe he will do more.

13 responses to “Courtney Upshaw lighter on field, heavier in wallet

  1. Dude was a beast at the college level. Strange to me how often high drafted LBs don’t so well in the NFL. I mean, just a couple years ago with Curry in Seattle. He was the “safest” top pick. Seattle gave up on him after two seasons.

    Not saying Upshaw flops. But I would have assumed his game would have made a bigger splash. I’m perplexed why LBs don’t transition well. I assume some had such better D-linemen that they werent as good at shedding blocks as required in the NFL where rarely, you have D-Linemen that can occupy all 5 O-linemen.

    Just my hunch…

  2. @darthsaint

    I agree. AJ Hawk was picked fifth overall by the Packers, and has hardy lived up to that draft position. He’s extremely serviceable, and seems to have gotten better with age and experience, but still…

  3. Upshaw is currently ranked as the best run stopping LB in the 3-4 defense according to Pro Football Focus. He is definitely finding his grove.

  4. 6’2″ @ 270lbs? Can we say fat?

    No wonder he’s not making an impact, he’s so over weight he can’t run around the field.

  5. Upshaw has been playing better recently. Being overweight has hindered his development so far this season, but I’ve noticed obvious improvment in his play. He’ll be fine.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says:Oct 24, 2012 6:20 PM

    As Ravenator would say, he is pathetic and never will amount to anything. Team is overrated and will be lucky to be 8-8. LOL

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    Baltimore is 5-2 right now, and with 1 game against both Cincy and Cleveland and 2 vs pittsburgh thats another 4 wins. At the worst they finish 9-7.

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