Back in OTAs, Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams revealed that he had dropped a significant amount of weight in an effort to increase his quickness and decrease the wear-and-tear on his body.
Well, six months later, the three-time Pro Bowler says he’s kept the weight off and feels better than he ever has this late in a season.
“Losing the excess weight, it helps me in every facet of my life,” said Williams, who has not allowed a quarterback sack this season, according to ProFootballFocus.com. “I’m able to recover quicker. My joints don’t ache as much. I’m in the 12th week of the season and [with the exception of] banging my knee on the ground [against the Panthers], I feel great.”
He added: “I feel like I move faster. Obviously my wind is a lot better with taking the weight off, so it’s helped me tremendously, man.”
Williams says he weighs 312-315 pounds right now, which is down 30-35 pounds from his heaviest point last season.
Football, though, wasn't the only reason Williams, 27, wanted to drop the weight and take better care of himself: His grandfather succumbed to diabetes, which puts him at a higher risk for the disease.
“I get a lot of exercise obviously with me playing football, but the eating healthy part was a part that I didn’t tackle in my life until actually last year, when I realized that with my grandfather dying from diabetes, I might be predisposed to it, to have an opportunity to get in that same condition,” he said.
Williams has joined up the American Diabetes Association for the second straight year to raise awareness about the disease.
He said he dropped the weight by cutting out late night trips to the fast food drive-thru and hiring a full time chef, who prepares his meals year-round.
“Unfortunately, Whataburger isn’t in [Northern] Virginia,” the Texas native joked about his favorite southern burger joint.
At first Williams was concerned that he had lost too much weight and would struggle to anchor down against big pass rushers. But that hasn’t been the case.
“I was concerned a lot, actually,” Williams said. “I haven’t weighed as little as 315 since maybe my sophomore year in college. So of course I was kind of worried about how stout I could be with losing that much weight. My strength was still there. But I’m not worried anymore."
Indeed, Williams is having another strong season, one that will likely end with him making a fourth straight trip to the Pro Bowl.