CHICAGO - It's no secret that size matters in the National Football League, but a new study suggests that a whopping 56% of NFL players would be considered obese by some medical standards. 

The players' union said that despite the familiar sight of bulging football jerseys, there's no proof that obesity is rampant in the league. But former defensive tackle John Jurkovic said he's seen plenty of evidence that players have gotten not just bigger but sometimes fatter, 'big as houses' in recent years because of league pressure to intimidate opponents and win. 

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Should the NFL allow medically obese players in the league?
CHICAGO - It`s no secret that size matters in the National Football League, but a new study suggests that a whopping 56% of NFL players would be considered obese by some medical standards.

The players` union said that despite the familiar sight of bulging football jerseys, there`s no proof that obesity is rampant in the league. But former defensive tackle John Jurkovic said he`s seen plenty of evidence that players have gotten not just bigger but sometimes fatter, `big as houses` in recent years because of league pressure to intimidate opponents and win.

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17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/19/05 - 4:30:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, why not? Reggie White was "medically obese" but he looks just fine to me.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 5:46:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Having played on the offensive line, I can tell you from personal experience that you need to be big.

Just because many linemen are 'medically obese', doesn't mean they're unfit for their jobs. It's kinda like sumo in that respect.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 5:48:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Look at that guy's gut!

Surely there's a difference between big and fat?

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 5:50:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's a good job he's only on the pitch for 5 seconds before another stop and line change.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 5:52:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Exactly, that's the major difference between football and rugby players.We're by and large fitter than those guys.We run around the park for the full 80.I'm one of the biggest guys on our team and I'm damn sure I could outrun that lump of lard.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 5:59:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^True, but American football is not about running around, it's a tactical game that requires men of different bodyshapes for each position.

You might well be able to outrun the guy in the photo, but would you be able to go toe to toe with him and knock him down?

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 6:01:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
I certainly wouldn't back down from him.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 6:07:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
Didn't say you would, but he'd probably steamroller right over you.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 6:08:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
As a rugby player, you learn what are the best tactics to take men of varying sizes down.I'd personally go for his legs.Big guys are no longer big guys when you take their legs away from them.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 6:17:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
And you think he hasn't trained for that? He might not be able to you in rugby, but I'm certain most rugby players are completely useless as linemen.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 3/29/05 - 11:00:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why not, the fat ones just stand there and block the other fat ones.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 3/29/05 - 11:02:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depends, sometimes even medically obese doesn't mean unhealthy, like in the case with Sumo wrestler's. I do think the NFL is a bit irresponsible in the way they take care of their players, some of them are *dangerously* obese, and they need to stop sending the image that being fat makes you a great Linemen, the Bronco's proved that the skinniest and smallest line can be the best in the league.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 7:21:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
May the best man win. Obese or not.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:09:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
thats like saying your too fat to be a lawyer..you cant do that..its called discrmination
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:10:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is professional sports, lady, not law.If you're too lazy to get your ass in the gym, then why the hell are you playing pro ball?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:16:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
If we let medically obese, unfit and unhealthy people to play pro sports, then the quality of play will go down and the sport will go down the sh*tter.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:36:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Professional sports are in the business to make money. Good players make the money, if that takes a fat person. Then so be it.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:41:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is the attitude that is ruining sports.It's all about the Benjamins.Why don't people play for the love of the game anymore?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:44:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its called competition. Not sure if you have heard of that before.

People want to see competition, they want to see the best of best. Why go see a bunch of players, 'just playing for the love of the game.'

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:48:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
There can be competition instilled by passion.

I'd rather watch a bunch of amateurs playing because they want to play, then a bunch of pros playing to get their next paycheck.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 1:51:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well majority want to see those players get their paycheck. Willing to pay $155 to see it too.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 2:14:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Medically obese" ? amusing way of saying it. What other kind of obesity is there? nonmedically obese? I think that by most definitions the majority of football players, at least the offensive linemen, are already obese.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 2:18:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with ongooshk. I'd reather see the players playing because they love it. I won't even watch professional sports anymore because of how twisted in money they have become.

And to answer the question: no. It is putting the health of the players at risk. Running and practicing and hitting hard, as in football, can damage respiratory and artery systems in obese people easier than fit people. I have nothing against obese people, but I think it woud be safer if there was a weight limit for football.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/21/05 - 11:42:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course! Why shouldn't you? It'sa total discrimination if you don't.

> And to answer the question: no. It is
> putting the health of the players at risk.

I think it is up to the PLAYERS to decide what amount of risk they are willing to accept. This notion that someone else is responsible for your troubles is just so sick. Smoke - and blame the cigarette companies for you lung cancer. Fall on a bike ride and blame the recreational trail authorities. Not only is this just plain disgusting to see this sort of behaviour, it hurts everyone as there are idiotic precautions and limitations in place everywhere nowdays to avoid possibilities of a lawsuit. I've always wanted to take ONE HUGE BIG KNIFE and MURDER all non-nice individualS who behave this way. And here is just another instance of thinking along these lines. Lovely......

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/21/05 - 11:50:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, if sports leagues didn't allow that, Mo Vaughn would have never been seen.

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