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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

Comments

  1. David says:

    Test good for you trey. Need a little incentive to play a game we all can play but u just happen to play to the tune of 6 to 7 figures , wow if someone told me they would pay me big bu to play a kids game in the hundreds of thousands dollars well….

  2. David says:

    That’s good. You almost lost tour job because the hundreds of thousands of dollars wasn’t incentive enough. Would love to see you down here on my level. It’s tough my friend…. remember, you are never as good as you think you are , there is always room for improvements.

  3. David says:

    Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, don’t you get caught looking.

  4. David says:

    You may say your great, but it takes time for someone else to agree,

  5. Paul Raspa says:

    Trai Essex– I am Glad for You!!! I myself lost over 90 lbs in the last year and know food & habits(eating fast food late at night) is an addidctiion. If you make the team, GREAT— All you have to do to make the team is stay on your blocks BELOW PAD LEVEL!!!
    KUGLER YOU NEED TO GET THESE GUYS LOWER — YOUR O-LINE IS CAPABLE AND WHEN YOUR TACKLES FACE WOODLEY & HARRISON IN PRACTICE THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE ANY BLITZER OUT THERE!!!

  6. David says:

    I don’t feel sorry for any player who comes to camp and uses the lockout as an excuse. With the money you guys make you should have a gym at your house and I mean a gym with everything you need, not just a bench and weights, plus there are gums and high school tracks everywhere, No Excuse.

  7. David says:

    It’s great to know that these athletes have a choice as to how much money they want to earn on an hourly bases. Minimum wage or the NFL wage. Must be nice……

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