Alejandro Villanueva on eating his way to 335 pounds: “You feel gross”

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Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva was listed at 277 pounds when he first entered the NFL after a college football career at Army followed by three tours of duty in Afghanistan. That’s not big enough to be an NFL left tackle.

So Villanueva has a problem many people only wish they could have: He has to eat all the time just to get his body to stay at his desired weight. Villanueva said he’s currently working on getting up to 335 pounds, where he thinks he’s most effective, and has about five pounds to go.

It’s terrible,” Villanueva told ESPN. “I would say it’s harder than losing weight because you feel gross.”

Villanueva said he’s not even sure if he needs to eat so much to really be able to block NFL defensive linemen, but he feels more confident at a higher weight.

“I’m self-conscious about my weight, so I feel I need to be at 335,” Villanueva said. “If I feel I’m too light, I feel I’ll get lifted off the ground. With a solid 335, I can take on bull-rushes. But in reality, everything I just told you is not scientifically proven whatsoever and might have absolutely no effect on the game. It’s just a matter of confidence.”

Villanueva says he always loses some weight during the season, and has even dipped below 300 pounds at times. He is eating as much as he can now to keep himself on the right side of 300 for the next five months.

14 responses to “Alejandro Villanueva on eating his way to 335 pounds: “You feel gross”

  1. Between this article and the Hopkins grip strength one, pretty interesting today. Much better than AB drama

  2. I am amazed the NFL does not institute a maximum weight. For example 270 Lbs. You don’t see too many athletes above that level wihtout a huge belly that is just there for added mass. An upper limit would also reduce the pressure to use steroids to add muscle mass.

    Smaller players would help open up run lanes and reduce injury rates too.

  3. I used to deliver pizza on the University of Michigan campus in college.This was early 2000’s when Jake Long was there. Every night, every member of the Michigan offensive line would get a pizza and eat it before bed, to keep on weight. Just a bunch of guys sitting around eating a whole medium pizza each at 11pm. Honestly it didn’t look like fun.

  4. Not a Steelers fan, but I am of this man. Ranger training makes you strong. He laughed at the coaches when they questioned whether he could take football training. Special Forces training would kill a lot people. Good soldiers tap out because it is too tough.

    Now think about that, and he is struggling to give weight on during the season when he has as much nutritionist approved food as he wants. Football players ain’t got nothing on Rangers.

  5. 12brichandfamous says:
    August 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm
    I am amazed the NFL does not institute a maximum weight. For example 270 Lbs. You don’t see too many athletes above that level wihtout a huge belly that is just there for added mass. An upper limit would also reduce the pressure to use steroids to add muscle mass.

    Smaller players would help open up run lanes and reduce injury rates too.

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    Do you understand the concept of football? A game “fought and won in the trenches”… Its all about who is bigger, stronger, faster..I bet you played touchless tag as a child too

  6. Cool story and a good guy that gets it about more then football. You folks in the US be proud to have this guy in the NFL what a good dude. Love his last comments, noting that there is no basis for his thoughts.

  7. Something tells me most PFT commentors wish they had that problem or would be happy to help him train. Dude is legit, hope it doesn’t affect his long term health

  8. packrule says:
    August 15, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    Cool story and a good guy that gets it about more then football. You folks in the US be proud to have this guy in the NFL what a good dude. Love his last comments, noting that there is no basis for his thoughts.
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    What does this even mean? It’s a story about eating.

  9. It’s really cool to see these Offensive lineman when they retire to dump 100 lbs as soon as they can. The transformations are incredible. Alan Fanca was one of the 1st i saw and it was amazing.

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