Former QB Scott Mitchell going on 'The Biggest Loser' to get healthy

You know all the tales of NFL linemen who lose a ton of weight right after they're done playing? It seems former Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell took the opposite route in retirement, though he's ready to change that.

Mitchell will be a contestant on this season of the NBC show "The Biggest Loser," and he doesn't look much like his days with the Lions, Dolphins, Ravens and Bengals. Mitchell, whose last NFL appearance was 2001, has grown to 366 pounds.

MItchell was never a small guy when he played quarterback, coming in at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, but his weight got out of control after his playing days due to "a busy life and poor diet," according to his "The Biggest Loser" bio. The bio also said Mitchell's dad died earlier this year due to obesity-related issues, and that was his biggest motivation for going on the show. He has five kids, from 11 years old to 21, and suffers from sleep apnea and high blood pressure, so at age 46 he was ready to make some serious changes in his life.

Mitchell will be joined on the show by another former Lions player, offensive lineman Damien Woody. Woody, who also played with the Patriots and Jets, is starting the show at 388 pounds.

The show premieres on NBC on Sept. 11.

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