Bryant McKinnie may be a pro football player, but on a certain level, a lot of fans can probably relate to a problem hes dealing with. He struggles to lose weight.
The Ravens offensive tackle, who reported late to camp because hed hurt his back in a slip at home, has passed his conditioning test and returned to practice. But in an interview with baltimoreravens.com, McKinnie voiced how vexing it is trying to drop pounds.
Its real frustrating, because Im putting in the work, McKinnie, whos 6 feet 8 and 350ish right now and has been heavier at times in his career, told the website. The misconception is people think Im not working hard enough. No, actually I am. We realized I was doing all this work and just staying the same.
Whats frustrating now, he said, is that, before camp, hed dropped to near the 348 the Ravens had set as his target weight. Then he hurt his back and couldnt exercise for five days. Boom, back came the pounds.
I can gain 12 to 14 pounds so fast and lose it so fast, he said. Who can do that? Thats not normal.
In fact, McKinnie said he had to get extra exercise last season to maintain his weight. Two days a week after practice, hed play 90 minutes of tennis.
I was still staying the same, and I would have to do all that other stuff, McKinnie said. I was like, OK everybody is resting, and Im up for another hour and a half playing tennis in a sweatshirt and sweatpants.
If and when McKinnie gets back in the lineup he anticipates that Michael Oher will relinquish left tackle and move back to the right side, opening up McKinnies regular spot Ravens fans can only hope he takes out that frustration on opposing defensive linemen.