Nate Newton. Photo taken Dec. 20, 2008.
Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton is featured on the newest episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” along with his bariatric surgeon, Dr. David Kim.
Kim performed a “vertical sleeve gastrectomy” on Newton last year, a surgical procedure that removes upwards of 75 percent of the patient’s stomach. After ballooning to more than 400 pounds after his playing career came to an end, Newton has lost more than 175 pounds since the surgery, and now weighs in at 220--his lightest since his high school days.
Asked what inspired the weight loss, Newton chalks it up to a conversation he had with his son, the result of which was a newfound desire in Newton to be a good example for his children with respect to leading a healthy lifestyle. Newton’s son, Tre, is a former starting running back for the University of Texas, but left the team after suffering a number of head injuries.
It should be noted that the photo above was taken in 2008--long before Newton's dramatic weight loss.
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