The cast for NBC's weight-loss reality show 'The Biggest Loser' has been released, and it includes three former pro athletes, including ex-Miami Dolphins quarterback Scott Mitchell.
Mitchell currently weighs 366 pounds, but his NFL.com profile lists him at 240 pounds at the end of his playing career in 1999. He’s currently listed as a bill collector, and according to the show’s website, wants to get healthy for his family.
Mitchell’s page reads:
His biggest motivation for going on the show was seeing his dad die of obesity-related causes early this year and knowing he could be headed down the same path if he doesn't change his life. Now 46 years old and 366 pounds, Mitchell has sleep apnea and high blood pressure. Weight has been an issue since age 35 due to a busy life and poor diet. With five kids ranging in age from 11 to 21, he wants to be there for his family and is ready to embrace a healthy lifestyle. When he loses the weight, he says he wants to look amazing in clothes and be physically active.
Mitchell became a standout performer in the 1993 season after Dan Marino was felled by a ruptured Achilles' tendon in Cleveland. He threw 12 touchdown passes in seven starts and was handed a large free agent contract by the Detroit Lions that offseason.
Other ex-pro athletes competing in the show are Zina Garrison (women's tennis, 263 pounds) and Damien Woody (NFL, 388).
The show features obese people competing to win money by losing the highest percentage of their initial weight.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun