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Trimmer Essex happy to be back


And back from our regularly scheduled earthquake to bring you this Trai Essex update…
The veteran offensive lineman is back after the Steelers were finally convinced that Essex had lost much of the weight he put on during the offseason.
Essex was pretty candid in saying that he nearly ate himself into football oblivion.
The Steelers, it turned out, saw just how big Essex had gotten when he attended Ben Roethlisberger’s wedding in late July.
“I had to take a look at myself and realize that if I want to play this game I’m going to have to be in shape,” Essex said today before his first practice back with the Steelers. “They see there’s a huge difference between then and now and they knew I had spent some time losing weight.”
The 6-5 Essex, who is listed at 324 pounds, wouldn’t give a specific number as to how much weight he had shed. He did offer this gem: “It’s a significant amount. A couple of newborn babies.”
Essex, a third-round pick in 2005, said he changed his lifestyle. That meant cutting out night-time eating as well as McDonald’s and Burger King.
Essex, who is versatile enough to play tackle or guard, said he doesn’t know where the Steelers plan to play him. He is just happy to be playing period after getting a second chance with the Steelers.
“This never would have happened if I had put in the work,” Essex said. “It’s a good situation for both of us. They needed me to add depth and I’ve been here for six years so I know what I’m doing.”

— Scott Brown



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