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Scott Mitchell, Damien Woody join The Biggest Loser

During his playing career in Detroit, quarterback Scott Mitchell once put a pillow under his shirt, pretending to be coach Wayne Fontes.  Now, Fontes may need the pillow to impersonate Mitchell.  Or maybe a bean bag chair.

Mitchell, who has ballooned to 366 pounds, is one of the contestants on the next season of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.  Joining Mitchell is former NFL offensive lineman Damien Woody, who currently is 12 pounds short of four spins.

The show premieres Thursday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  For all 20 contestants, dumping excess weight is an admirable goal.

Mitchell was last in the news in 2012, after former teammate Lomas Brown claimed that he intentionally missed a block to get Mitchell injured.

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32 Responses to “Scott Mitchell, Damien Woody join The Biggest Loser”
  1. ridusofreid says: Aug 6, 2014 4:55 PM

    Wow did Mitchell get fat. From an O lineman ok, but a QB, not so much

  2. msc4realeagles says: Aug 6, 2014 4:55 PM

    Yikes. Most lineman and linebackers lose weight after their playing days. I guess I would drink a years worth of beers too if I had to play for the Lions.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 6, 2014 4:58 PM

    Nobody has ever won more games as an HC for the Lions than Wayne Fontes, he was a good coach.

  4. jhorton83 says: Aug 6, 2014 4:58 PM

    Wow. Scott got really really fat. I guess that shouldn’t be that surprising though given that he always looked like the most out of shape QB in the league during his playing career.

  5. hyprcaffeinated says: Aug 6, 2014 5:00 PM

    Did you mean to post the Donovan McNabb story here? He’s the biggest loser of them all.

  6. stillers213 says: Aug 6, 2014 5:01 PM

    Obviously, this will be the pinnacle of their respective careers. The name of the show isn’t exactly flattering either.

  7. ilovecostcobut says: Aug 6, 2014 5:04 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Aug 6, 2014 4:58 PM
    Nobody has ever won more games as an HC for the Lions than Wayne Fontes, he was a good coach.

    Dear thestrategyexpert:

    No, Wayne Fontes was NOT a good coach.
    B. Sanders

    P.S. I quit.

  8. pointywilliams says: Aug 6, 2014 5:08 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Aug 6, 2014 4:58 PM
    Nobody has ever won more games as an HC for the Lions than Wayne Fontes, he was a good coach.

    C’mon bro, full disclosure. Big Wayne-o also LOST more games than any other Lions coach.

  9. bassplucker says: Aug 6, 2014 5:12 PM

    366 lbs? Good lord.

    But he is 6’6. But… nope. That’s just way too heavy no matter what.

  10. citizenstrange says: Aug 6, 2014 5:20 PM

    Scott “The Water Buffalo” Mitchell. Played like two decent games in place of Marino and the Lions signed him to a gazillion dollar contract.

    He was the original Matt Cassel.

  11. meana55 says: Aug 6, 2014 5:20 PM

    Nobody has ever won more games as an HC for the Lions than Wayne Fontes, he was a good coach.

    He had Barry freakin Sanders!

  12. milkmandanimal says: Aug 6, 2014 5:28 PM

    Scott Mitchell. Biggest Loser.

    If you’ll excuse me, I need to go edit the Wikipedia entry for “Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.”

  13. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Aug 6, 2014 5:29 PM

    Actually, Barry Sanders quit on Bobby Ross.

  14. raiderinva says: Aug 6, 2014 5:30 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Aug 6, 2014 4:58 PM

    Nobody has ever won more games as an HC for the Lions than Wayne Fontes, he was a good coach.


    What are you smoking? Wayne Fontes had Barry Sanders, one of the greatest RB of all time, in his arsenal and has a playoff record of 1-4. That was a time when the rules were run heavy?

    “You have to at least get to the playoffs to become know for not being able to win one.” Marty Schottenheimer on Wayne Fontes

  15. r8rsfan says: Aug 6, 2014 5:33 PM

    Must be flat broke.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 6, 2014 5:37 PM

    …and everyone is a bit apprehensive about what will get Mitchell in the news NEXT.

  17. thevikesarebest says: Aug 6, 2014 5:43 PM

    The most hated show in greenbay Wisconsin.

  18. coloneldukelacross says: Aug 6, 2014 6:10 PM

    Good lookin’ group. Very prosperous.

  19. numberoneinthehoodg says: Aug 6, 2014 6:18 PM

    366 divided by 19 is: 19.263157894736842105263157894737.

    If he loses five pounds, math will be much easier.

  20. dirtdawg54 says: Aug 6, 2014 6:48 PM

    So he has been on the show twice then? Once as the starting QB for the Detroit Lions and now this one.

  21. Ferdinand says: Aug 6, 2014 6:51 PM

    The fact that he (or anyone) is appearing on a reality show makes him (them) a “Big Loser”, weight is irrelevant.

  22. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Aug 6, 2014 6:56 PM

    You would think that the entire roster of the Cowboys would have been invited to a show with that name.

  23. revelation123 says: Aug 6, 2014 7:20 PM

    This show is seriously still on TV?

    How does a ridiculous show like this stay on TV and one of the best shows of all time, Firefly, get canceled after 1 season?

  24. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 6, 2014 7:29 PM

    Wayne Fonts AND Bobby WOTH were both idiots.

  25. americasteamthenewyorkfootballgiants says: Aug 6, 2014 7:50 PM

    That picture must make The Round Mound of Touchdown Jared Lorenzen feel a lot better about himself

  26. tindeaux says: Aug 6, 2014 7:57 PM

    this article is funny the way they compare mitchell to his coach then and now. epic!

  27. rajbais says: Aug 6, 2014 9:01 PM

    What kind of ex-QB becomes 300 lbs (not named Jamarcus Russell)???

  28. drewzducks says: Aug 6, 2014 9:58 PM

    I read the heading and thought it meant that Mitchell and Woody had re-signed with the Lions.

  29. zeeman911 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:49 PM

    He already was the biggest loser, he wants the crown twice?.

  30. zeeman911 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:50 PM

    I could swear he was already the biggest loser before…

  31. ivanpavlov0000 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:00 PM

    The Lions did have a couple of good seasons with Mitchell at the helm. In 1995, Herman Moore and Brett Perriman became the first WR duo to each catch more than 100 receptions in the same season. Barry Sanders had 1500 yards on the ground. that season the offense was firing on all cylinders.

    The 1995 season started off poorly. After the loss at home (to the Cardinals), the shouting for Fontes head (in the Silverdome) was deafening. “Wayne must go! Wayne must go!”

    Fans were mad. Players were also ticked. The offense was too predictable and seriously lame. That culminated in a players-only meeting that was basically a revolt against the coaches. Chris Spielman was one of leaders. The result of that little uprising was that the Lions started playing better. They even beat the Super Bowl Champ Niners (Steve Young/Jerry Rice edition) on MNF.

    After starting 0-3, the Lions finished 10-6 and went to the playoffs. Lomas Brown talked an awful lot of smack before the playoff game with the Eagles (in Philly). He ended up eating his words. Rodney Peete (now an Eagle) made fools of his old Lions teammates. Detroit got waxed like Brazilians, 58-37. At the end of the first half the score was a humiliating 38-0. It was ugly. Very depressing day to be a Lions fan. I didn’t even bother watching the second half.

    At the end of the season, the Lions kept Wayne Fontes but let go of Chris Spielman. Not a choice I would have made. Spielman was the heart and soul of the team — especially the defense. As far as fans were concerned, he walked on water.

    I think Pepper Johnson was the guy the Lions acquired to replace Spielman (in 96), and Johnson was useless.

  32. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 6, 2014 11:08 PM

    I thought the Vikings were the biggest losers skolol

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