Athletes Who Let Themselves Go

Eric NewmanCorrespondent IIINovember 21, 2012

Athletes Who Let Themselves Go

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    Staying fit requires dedication, focus and huge amounts of time. But the payoff is tremendous. Good health. Stamina. Strength. Speed. Elite performances. And those are all things we expect of our professional athletes.

    But how many years can an athlete keep up such a grueling regimen? Few make it through their whole careers without slacking at least a little. Fewer still keep up their form in their retirement years.

    This list contains some of those athletes who caved in a very big way. During or after their careers, new chins blossomed, paunches ballooned, neck wattles billowed forth.

    Click on to see 20 athletes who succumbed to the haunting siren calls of inactivity and caloric comforts.

Shaq

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    Sport: Basketball - Retired

    Listed Height: 7'1"

    Rookie Weight: 294 lbs.

    Probable Weight Now: 360 lbs. 

    Reason He's Packed It On: He devours piñatas? He's still trying to out-dog Joey Chestnut?

Roberto Durán

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    Sport: Boxing - Retired

    Listed Height: 5'7"

    Listed Weight: 162 lbs.

    Highest Known Weight: 250 lbs. 

    Reason He Packed It On: Began with an alleged four months of partying after defeating “Sugar Ray” Leonard.

Inzamam-Ul-Haq

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    Sport: Cricket - Retired

    Listed Height: 6'3"

    Listed Weight: --

    Probable Weight Now: 250 lbs. 

    Reason He's Packed It On: He lost his game mojo when he got thin again.

    Of note: He's sensitive about his weight. Allegedly, he once attacked a fan who called him "fat potato."

Albert Haynesworth

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    Sport: Football - Retired?

    Listed Height: 6'6" 

    Rookie Weight: 320 lbs.

    Weight Now: 350 lbs.

    Reason He Packed It On: He was hefty to begin with, but perhaps the constant deluge of fat jokes got him depressed so he ate more.

    For example, when Haynesworth was allegedly involved in a road rage altercation with the driver of a Honda Civic in 2011, the Washington Post reported on it. Here is a sampling of reader comments:

    1. "Doesn't sound like Albert Haynesworth. After all, the Civic driver was only struck, not eaten."

    2. "I see a "Twinkie defense" in the making."

    3. "I guess the Civic driver will get out the way next time. Fat Albert was probably on his way to KFC."

    4. "...the Civic's driver noted that, after walking over to his car, the assailant collapsed on the ground, apparently exhausted, and did not make any effort to move for approximately three traffic light cycles."

Rulon Gardner

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    Sport: MMA/Greco-Roman Wrestling - Retired?

    Listed Height: 6'2"

    Listed Weight: 264 lbs.

    Weight at the Start of Biggest Loser: 474 lbs. 

    Probable Weight Now: 280 lbs.?

    Reason He Packed It On: Scarves down burgers so big they're molded in pizza tins?

Oliver Miller

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    Sport: Basketball - Retired

    Listed Height: 6'9"

    Rookie Weight: 290 lbs.

    Probable Weight Now: 335 lbs. 

    Reason He's Packed It On: Torrid love affair with pizza.

    Of Note: In February 2012, Miller was sentenced to one year in prison "for pistol-whipping his girlfriend's brother."

    Hope they serve slices in lockup.

Arjuna Ranatunga

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    Sport: Cricket - Retired

    Listed Height: 6'1"

    Listed Weight: N/A

    Probable Weight Now: 230 lbs.

    Reason He Packed It On: He swallowed a sheep? Or at least Shane Warne thinks so.

Charles Barkley

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    Sport: Basketball - Retired

    Listed Height: 6'6"

    Rookie Weight: 260 lbs.

    Last Published Weight: 292 lbs. (down from a high of about 350 lbs.)

    Reason He Packed It On: In his own words...

    "There's no excuse for me being 100 pounds overweight. That's just me being lazy."

    "I only ate rice, corn and potatoes, which are clearly starches. People don't get fat eating fruits and vegetables."

    Or maybe it was all the beer guzzling with Larry Bird.

Shawn Kemp

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    Sport: Basketball - Retired

    Listed Height: 6'10"

    Listed Weight: 230 lbs.

    Highest Known Weight: 300-plus lbs. 

    Reason He Packed It On: Slacked off when he thought there would be a lockout.

    When he showed up for practice in his new super-sized body, the coach allegedly asked how he got so out of shape. Kemp famously answered, "Coach, I didn’t think we were coming back.”

George Foreman

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    Sport: Boxing - Retired

    Listed Height: 6'4"

    Weight in Early Career: 217 lbs.

    Speculated Current Weight: 260 lbs.

    Reason He Packed It On: Eating too much grilled food? But grilling is better than frying, right? Sorry, Big George. It just may not not be so.

Ian Thorpe

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    Sport: Swimming - Out of Retirement and Seeking Comeback

    Listed Height: 6'5"

    Race Weight: 218 lbs.

    Weight in 2008: 265 lbs.

    Speculated Current Weight: Perhaps close to race weight again as he tried to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    Reason He Packed It On: Munching on pizza? Slurping on cola? Lack of training?

Bartolo Colon

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    Sport: Baseball - Active

    Listed Height: 5'11"

    Rookie Weight: 185 lbs.

    Current Weight: 267 lbs.

    Reason He Packed It On: Stored up those fatty cells in his butt to rejuvenate his pitching arm?

Ronaldo

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    Sport: Soccer - Retired

    Listed Height: 6'0"

    Listed Weight: 165 lbs.

    Maximum Known Weight: 220 lbs.

    Reason He Packed It On: 

    1. Hypothyroidism

    2. Injury downtime

John Daly

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    Sport: Golf- Active

    Listed Height: 5'11" 

    Current Weight: 185 lbs.

    Maximum Known Weight: 290 lbs.

    Reason He Packed It On: In his own words: "Everyone has addictions and my problem is that I have 5,000 of them. If it's not drinking, it's gambling; if it's not gambling, it's eating anything from burgers, doughnuts to M&Ms."


    Of Note: In February of 2009, Daly had a band surgically implanted around his stomach. The band limits his food intake, and he has since returned to a healthy weight.

Andruw Jones

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    Sport: Baseball - Active

    Listed Height: 6'1" 

    Rookie Weight: 185 lbs.

    Listed Weight Now: 230

    Reason He Packed It On: 

    1. A knee injury could have been part of it. Or was it the extra weight that led to the knee injury?

    2. Fans bringing him pre-game pies?

    3. He lives in a world where onion rings drop from the sky like rain.

Lamar Odom

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    Sport: Basketball

    Listed Height: 6'10" 

    Rookie Weight: 220 lbs.

    Probable Weight Now: 245 lbs. 

    Reason He Packed It On: Bad knees? Insane quantities of Gummy Life Savers?

Diego Maradona

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    Sport: Soccer - Retired

    Listed Height: 5'5"

    Listed Weight: 172 lbs. (1997)

    Maximum Known Weight: 300 lbs. (yeah, go and take a look at his height again)

    Reason He Packed It On: Drugs and saturated fat? Kharma?

Tomas Brolin

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    Sport: Soccer - Retired

    Listed Height: 5'10" 

    Listed Weight: 165 lbs.

    Probable Weight Now: 225 lbs.

    Reason He Packed It On: 

    1. Too much vodka and OJ (the drink is known as a "Broliner" in some circles)?

    2. Harbored a secret desire to become a restauranteur?  If so, his dream came true; he is the proud owner of Undici in Stockholm.

    3. Or it could be that microwave he allegedly had installed in his car so that he could warm up snacks on the way to practice. 

CC Sabathia

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    Sport: Baseball - Active

    Listed Height: 6'6" 

    Rookie Weight: 235 lbs.

    Probable Weight:  "easily weighing more than 300 pounds" (2011)

    Reason He Packed It On: The sinister lurings of Cap'n Horatio Magellan Crunch

    He allegedly would eat an entire box in one sitting. That's eight servings: 1,143 calories plus milk calories.