Scott Mitchell has always been a big guy, even as a kid. You don't make it to the NFL if you aren't a decent size and weight. However since leaving the game Mitchell has seen his weight rise to epic proportions. According to a New York Post report on Aug. 7 Mitchell's shocking weight gain went public Thursday as the former Lions signal-caller was announced as a contestant for the new season of NBC's "The Biggest Loser." He now weighs a stunning 366 pounds.
Mitchell topped the scales in his playing days from anywhere between 220-240 lbs, but the 46-year-old is now in need of losing over 100 lbs. just to get back to his playing weight. It is actually shocking when you see pictures of Mitchell's days with the Dolphins and Lions compared to his most recent photo shoot for the hit NBC show.
Mitchell, who is in the University of Utah sports Hall of Fame, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 1990 NFL Draft. At 6-6 220 lbs. he was thrust into the starting role for the Dolphins after an injury sidelined Dan Marino. Mitchell did great in relief of the All-Pro Marino, which helped him land a big contract with the Lions.
Hopefully this stint on the "Biggest Loser" will help Mitchell who is reportedly suffering from sleep apnea and high blood pressure, which may both be a direct result of his weight gain.
The new season of the hit NBC show kicks off Sept. 11. This fall's cast will feature all ex-athletes who are fighting the battle of the bulge. You can see all the contestants for the upcoming season by clicking here.