Philadelphia Eagles backup right guard Max Jean-Gilles missed a practice today at the team’s facilities because of a scheduled surgery.
(Photo is six years, 50 pounds ago)
Lap band surgery.
Jean-Gilles, who has reportedly tipped the scales at as much as 400 pounds, has been nagged by constant injuries since he was drafted out of the University of Georgia in 2006. Injuries that he and the Eagles attribute to his weight.
Philly.com reports Jean-Gilles and his wife “researched” the prospect of lap band surgery, talking to friends of the family about it. And today was the day Jean-Gilles went through with procedure, which he hopes will help him lose “50 to 80 pounds very quickly.”
Jean-Gilles to Eagles Blog GCobb.com:
“They put a tube on top of your stomach to make your stomach a little smaller. I talked to some friends of the family who did it. It was a big difference in their life. They feel healthy, they feel confident in themselves. The weight comes off quick.”
More from MJG to Philly.com:
“I’d like to weigh around 335 when the season starts.” He said he weighs about 375 right now, and is consuming only clear liquids for the first week after the procedure.
“I talked to some friends of the family who did it. It was a big difference in their life. They feel healthy, they feel confident in themselves. The weight comes off quick.
“I did it for now and in the future … I didn’t want to be 400 pounds after football, then have heart problems. I was almost, close to 4(00) and I said, ‘oh man, I can’t live like this.’ I was breathin’ heavy.”
No official word yet on what involvement the Eagles had in the decision by Jean-Gilles. But the fact that he’s been cleared for the weight loss surgery speaks volumes about the team’s reported concern about the offensive lineman’s weight.