Fat Scott Mitchell, Damien Woody to appear on ‘The Biggest Loser’

Former Detroit Lions Scott Mitchell and Damien Woody will be contestants on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and in Mitchell’s case, he’s really ballooned.

The 16th season of the show premiers Sept. 11 and is sports themed. All the contestants have an athletic background, though you’d hardly know it now.

Scott Mitchell Biggest Loser

Mitchell (pictured above), who played 11 seasons in the NFL, is the most notable athlete among the contestants. The former quarterback lists himself as a bill collector living in Utah and his starting weight at 366 pounds. Here’s what it says about him in his contestant profile:

His biggest motivation for going on the show was seeing his dad die of obesity-related causes early this year and knowing he could be headed down the same path if he doesn’t change his life. Now 46 years old and 366 pounds, Mitchell has sleep apnea and high blood pressure. Weight has been an issue since age 35 due to a busy life and poor diet. With five kids ranging in age from 11 to 21, he wants to be there for his family and is ready to embrace a healthy lifestyle. When he loses the weight, he says he wants to look amazing in clothes and be physically active.

[Also see: Lomas Brown admits he missed block on purpose to get Scott Mitchell hurt]

Damien Woody Biggest Loser

Woody, who weighed well over 300 pounds as an offensive lineman during his 12-year NFL career, is an analyst for ESPN and lists his starting weight as 388 pounds. Here’s his story:

Since retiring from football in 2010, less activity and the passing of his mother and grandfather in the past three years all contributed to additional weight gain. Now 36 years old, 388 pounds and married to his high school sweetheart, Woody struggles to keep up with his four daughters and three sons, ranging in age from two to 15. He came on the show to regain his health and sees it as an opportunity to compete not only against others, but also himself. He has lost friends he played with in the NFL far too young, and he doesn’t want to be another statistic and former NFL player gone too soon due to weight-related issues. Once he loses the weight, Woody looks forward to living a long healthy life with his wife and kids and also looks forward to clothes shopping at other places besides Big & Tall stores.

Woody was always a big man, so the weight gain isn’t nearly as noticeable as it is in Mitchell’s case. I mean I never would have recognized the guy. He’s added almost 50 percent of his playing weight. It’s alarming. And it’s a good thing he’s going to try fixing it. Luckily for him, like Rulon Gardner taught us, no amount of weight is too great to overcome.

H/T Free Press

Scott Mitchell says it is ‘reprehensible’ that Lomas Brown intentionally missed block

lomas-brownIf you were shocked to hear about former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Lomas Brown intentionally missing a block to injure his own quarterback, imagine how the victim must feel. Scott Mitchell, the man who Brown admitted to sabotaging back in the mid-1990s, blasted Brown on Wednesday and said the revelation baffled him.

“It just really hurt,” Mitchell told Mike Florio on The Dan Patrick Show, via Pro Football Talk. “It was extremely disappointing. I’m really shocked by it, to be honest. Here’s a guy I’ve had in my house, I had a big dinner for the offensive linemen every year, he came to my house and ate dinner, I gave my offensive linemen gifts every year.

“For him to do that is just reprehensible, beyond words. It’s really disappointing, it really is painful. When you mess with my family, mess with my livelihood, mess with my health, it’s unacceptable. It’s B.S. I just wouldn’t do it to a teammate. I wouldn’t do it. If Lomas has a problem with me, come talk to me. To try to get someone hurt, it’s just mind-boggling.”

Brown’s missed block allowed Green Bay Packers defensive end Sean Jones to level Mitchell, which resulted in a broken finger and ended the quarterback’s season. The fact that Brown would admit to intentionally trying to injure a teammate is a concept the average person can’t relate to.

“People get seriously hurt in this game,” Mitchell said. “For someone to just lay down like that, it’s unacceptable.”

How can you disagree? It’s bad enough that we hear about people putting bounties on opponents and intentionally trying to take out players from the other side, but your own teammate? Brown obviously had a problem with Mitchell, which is not uncommon among teammates. Handling it like an 8-year-old is.

Photo: Lomas Brown/Twitter

Lomas Brown admits he missed block on purpose to get Scott Mitchell hurt

lomas-brownFormer Detroit Lions offensive lineman Lomas Brown admitted a secret on Friday that he probably should have taken to the grave. While visiting on ESPN Radio, Brown admitted he missed a block on purpose in order to get his quarterback, Scott Mitchell, knocked out of a game.

The conversation came up in the context of teammates calling out their quarterback. Brown, who was a seven-time Pro Bowler, said he would get back at his quarterback by letting defensive players hit them. He says he did that to Mitchell once.

“We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee. We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and [Mitchell] just stunk up the place,” Brown said on “SVP and Russillo.” “He’s throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, ‘Glove, that is it.’ I said, ‘I’m getting him out the game.’ … So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger … and he came out the game. Dave Krieg came in the game. We ended up losing that game, 27-24.”

Brown admitted that Mitchell was “not on [his] Christmas list,” which is pretty obvious.

The game Brown described occurred on Nov. 6, 1994, per the Detroit Free Press’ research. Detroit was down 24-0 and Mitchell was 5-for-15 for 63 yards and two interceptions before leaving with a broken bone in his right hand (non-throwing). Dave Krieg came in and threw three touchdown passes to make it close, but the Lions lost 38-30. They went 5-2 the rest of the season with Krieg at quarterback.

Brown justified his decision with the following logic: “If your quarterback sucks, you don’t want him in there!”

I’m sure plenty of fans and players agree with Brown on that point, but that’s just such an unethical move to pull. I would say complain to the coaches and front office about your quarterback so that he gets traded, or tell them you’ll refuse to play until the team gets a new one. There has to be better ways of going about getting the change you seek than that.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk
Photo: Lomas Brown/Twitter