New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is known for a lot of things, some of them negative, but few that the proud coach would go out of his way to change simply to please a few nagging critics. There was one thing, however. He decided to do something about his physical appearance when he found out he tipped the scale at 348 pounds prior to the 2009 AFC Championship Game. After undergoing lap band surgery, Ryan announced Thursday that he now weighs 242 pounds, a loss of 106 pounds since his fateful visit with a scale two years ago.
"I don't know what I am, but certainly I don't think I'm in the morbidly obese category anymore," Ryan told reporters while promoting the surgery. "I make a lot of money doing something I love, I know how fortunate I am, but without your health, what do you really have? I want to see my kids grow, I want to see their kids grow up, and all that that was important to me."
The New York Daily News notes that Ryan now weighs less than quarterback Tim Tebow. He is also much healthier, too. Ryan's waistline has dropped from a 48 to a 38, and his cholesterol is now under 150.