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Bryant McKinnie thinks too much attention is paid to his weight

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Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie wasn’t allowed to practice when training camp began because the team thought he was too heavy, a development that didn’t come as much of a surprise given McKinnie’s past history of waiting until camp to start getting down to his playing weight.

That it wasn’t a surprise doesn’t meant that McKinnie appreciated the attention paid to his waistline. McKinnie thinks that people spend too much time thinking about and asking him about his weight, blaming the focus on people thinking he has a serious weight problem because he showed up at almost 400 pounds to one Vikings training camp instead of seeing him as the husky man in control of his weight that he believes he has become.

“I don’t know why this weight thing is following me back every year,” McKinnie said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “I reported overweight one year, and now it’s a constant thing. The thing about is when people see me they feel I lost or gained weight. It’s not an issue. I’m not like a big, huge guy. I’m not fat or sloppy. People will see me and they’re like, ‘Oh, you lost a lot of weight.’ Actually, I didn’t. It’s just every time I’m overweight, whether it’s five or 10 pounds, people assume I ballooned up like crazy.”

McKinnie can make it very easy for people to pay attention to things other than his weight by reporting to camp at his prescribed weight — 346 pounds this year, a number the tackle says he’s close to hitting — instead of needing a day or two or more on the sideline before he can practice. That makes it something people notice in a way they wouldn’t if the only report about McKinnie at the start of camp was that he took part in practice with his teammates.

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13 Responses to “Bryant McKinnie thinks too much attention is paid to his weight”
  1. flaccodelic says: Aug 5, 2013 9:22 AM

    I kind of miss the old days when we never heard anything about players’ weight or conditioning, just whether or not they could play. McKinnie can play, he’s proven it time and time again.

    RIP Fatso Donovan

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 5, 2013 9:23 AM

    I’m trying to ignore it but McKinnie is like the elephant in the room.

  3. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 5, 2013 9:50 AM

    Can’t spell “Super Bowl hangover” without “reported to camp overweight.”

  4. notoriousbri says: Aug 5, 2013 9:58 AM

    id say he is the one that’s not paying enough attention to it. be a pro big boy

  5. marksp18 says: Aug 5, 2013 10:13 AM

    This is just stupid. The media likes to talk about anything. McKinnie is a big boy. Always has been and always will be.

    He came into the league at 343 lbs. Now he is suppose to weigh 346 lbs after playing 11 seasons. I wish I only gained 3 lbs since I was 22 years old.

    Bottom line is the dude gets himself ready to play. His career is winding down and how it ultimately ends is up to him. He still has had a pretty dang good career.

  6. purpleguy says: Aug 5, 2013 10:19 AM

    You know, my wife says the same thing.

  7. drzsucksbigtime says: Aug 5, 2013 10:38 AM

    You get paid millions, fat one. Put the damn fork down.

  8. z06vision says: Aug 5, 2013 11:27 AM

    Lets worry about Burger King taking advantage of this guy. That is the real problem.

  9. hornbuckle says: Aug 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    No one else would care about his weight either if it wasn’t for the moons orbiting his waist affecting the tides.

  10. surfinbird1 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:21 PM

    Nothing to worry about here,except that Twinkies are back.

  11. edgarcaetano says: Aug 5, 2013 1:45 PM

    he proceeded to ask the reporter:

    “you gonna eat that hot dog you’re holdin there?”

  12. daytonaguy says: Aug 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    The only people that really give a rip are the ones that pay you MILLIONS of dollars. Fataxe!

  13. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 5, 2013 8:17 PM

    Every fatso thinks people pay too much attention to fatso’s weight.

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