NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 30: LenDale White #25 of the Tennessee Titans during introductions before a preseason game on August 30, 2007 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans beat the Packers 30-14. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."-- Dean Wormer, Animal House
When Lendale White strides out of the tunnel onto the turf at Cowboys Stadium tonight, he'll look a lot different; that's because he is a lot different. White, who went to the pre-draft combine in 2006 looking like a manatee in cleats (watch out for that propeller, Lendale!), shed thirty pounds this offseason by, not adhering to a strict diet plan, but putting down the bottle.
"I really got to be honest," White said recently on the Titans official website. "It wasn't a lot of major diet changes. (It was) watching what I drink. I was a big Patron consumer. ... That's what it was. I was drinking a lot, drank a lot of alcohol. I cut that out of my diet all the way. I don't drink at all. I cut the drinking, I stopped drinking for six months
"[The weight] just started falling off."
If this is true... Jesus, how much did that guy drink?
Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, in an appearance on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption this week attributed the weight loss, not to less tequila, but to less In-N-Out Burger.
In any case, the change might be a sign of much needed maturation for White, and a major shift, considering that one scout at the aforementioned combine suggested that White needed a bra. It might also signal another step in the Titans already formidable rushing attack, which consists of he, and rookie Chris Johnson in Tennessee's version of "Smash and Dash."
The slimmed down White, and the presumably maturing Johnson should provide Dallas' starting defense a test, as the two teams square off tonight in the football (not futbol) debut of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.