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Top 15 Fattest NFL Players

It is understandable that casual sports fans would expect that a professional athlete such as a National Football League player would be in top physical condition. Part of the job of a NFL player, of course, is to be able to make it through an entire contest without getting winded or gassed before the final whistle blows. Logic would suggest that a player who is carrying excess weight in the wrong places would probably be prone to injuries, particularly in a sport such as the NFL where guys are downed for an entire season all because they take one wrong step during a game or even during a practice session.

One might automatically assume upon seeing a list of the “fattest NFL players” that each of those athletes would have been letdowns or even busts for their teams. That has not, throughout history, always been the case. Some of the NFL players mentioned in this piece found ways to not only carry those extra pounds during a season, but use that weight as an advantage. In fact, a quarterback who is certainly headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame not long after he calls time on his playing days could, in some circles, be considered to be fat. One has to wonder what he will look like a decade or so after he retires, but that's another story for another day.

Then, of course, there are the cases of the fattest NFL players who never made it as mainstays on rosters. Some likely would never have evolved into All-Pro players even if they had managed to lay off of certain foods and remained in shape. Others, however, have to feel as if they let themselves down and wasted what should have been golden opportunities. The first name that may come to mind could be that belonging to a quarterback who was a first overall draft pick, a man who didn't do enough to be a good player and who failed his team and also himself.

15 Aaron Gibson 

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14 Tom Dempsey 

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13 Mike Williams 

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12 Jerome Bettis 

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11 Craig Heyward 

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10 Nate Newton 

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9 William Perry 

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8 Dan Wilkinson 

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7 J'Marcus Webb 

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6 Albert Haynesworth 

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5 Ben Roethlisberger 

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4 Sebastian Janikowski 

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3 Eddie Lacy 

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2 JaMarcus Russell 

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1 Jared Lorenzen 

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You have your pick of nicknames for the quarterback who was on the roster of the New York Giants. The Hefty Lefty. The Pillsbury Throwboy. J-Load. Lorenzen will always be remembered for being one of the fattest NFL quarterbacks many had ever seen, but do not think that Lorenzen was vilified by fans because of his size. In fact, there are pockets of Giants supporters who still fondly recall seeing Lorenzen taking the “Big Blue” name to a different level. Lorenzen never made it past being a backup in the NFL, but he continued playing in indoor football leagues. Good for him.

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