When offensive linemen retire, it’s not uncommon to see them look like entirely different people a year or even a few months after their retirement from the league.
Having to maintain insanely high weights in concert with a rigorous workout schedule that keeps you intensely active, not to mention the fact that you’re playing in NFL games and participating in practices where your job is to hold back 300 pound men, is an arduous task.
We often think of the best athletes on the field as the skill position players such as the wideouts, cornerbacks, or running backs we see on a football field, but often times at the professional level, that’s far from the case.
This is exactly what happens with former Ravens offensive linemen Marshal Yanda, after he abruptly retired following the teams brutal loss to the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the playoffs this year, falling short of the high expectations set during the regular season.
Leaving the game lit a desire to drop his offensive lineman weight in Yanda, a plan which he curated and methodically knocked out over the course of three months that saw him lose a total of 60 pounds.
“There are two words: It’s the ‘want to,’” Yanda said. “If you want to do it, you’ll do it. It’s how bad you want to. People want to talk about it, but at the end of the day, do you really want to? That’s important.”