Ex-49er Staley explains how he lost 60 pounds since retiring


When tackle Joe Staley retired from the 49ers after 13 seasons, he instantly dropped weight.

“I guess now that I don’t have football, I workout for the looks, yes,” Staley said recently on the ‘4th and Gold’ podcast.

The 6-foot-5 Staley currently is weighing in at around 250 pounds, which is 60 pounds lighter than when he retired.

“I think I was like 305, 310 when I stopped last year. It’s amazing what happens when you just eat healthy and you don’t have to stuff your face with a bunch of food,” Staley said. 

Staley admitted that when he was playing it actually was difficult for him to gain weight. Through high school and college, he was a tight end, so when he transitioned to the tackle position, it was a tough task.

“I kind of got to that point where I was like 315 and I just couldn’t get any bigger, but I was losing weight if I wasn’t continuing to eat,” Staley said. “So for me, it was lucky because I was one of those kids that was just like -- I could eat whatever I wanted, and I had to eat whatever I wanted if I wanted to play as big as I had to play.”

Staley wasn’t one to count calories either -- or pay attention to anything organic. He couldn’t care less.


“If I felt like a frozen pizza, I was eating a frozen pizza,” Staley added.

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Now, during the week, Staley will eat fish or chicken and a salad for lunch and dinner and when it comes to the weekend -- he likes to live his life a little bit more.

Staley also admitted when he hit his early 30’s, his metabolism changed. So the young tight end who couldn’t gain weight was long gone. 

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