A make or break year for Cardinals DT Gabe Watson

The Arizona Republic reports that Cardinals defensive tackle Gabe Watson has dropped 30 pounds in an effort to alleviate his nagging knee injury, which required surgery in 2007 and 2009.  Watson is apparently tired of the setbacks of playing at 360 lbs.  He currently weighs around 330, but hopes to report to training camp at 315 lbs.

Watson, no doubt, also understands that playing time at nosetackle became much more competitive this year with the addition of first-round pick Dan Williams.  Veteran Bryan Robinson will likely start, but Williams will be challenging Robinson for playing time right from the outset.  That leaves Watson in a very precarious place on the Cardinals’ roster, which Coach Whisenhunt acknowledged by saying, “it is a critical year for [Watson].  Anytime you’re facing a numbers situation like we are, where we have good players at that position, it forces you to work harder.”  Watson apparently has worked harder, with a new slimmer version of himself to show for it.  Whether that will be enough for Watson to stick around and contribute remains to be seen, but you have to love the positive attitude and inspiring work ethic.

As the Arizona Republic notes, Watson has drastically changed his diet to total vegetarianism.  Apparently, a typical breakfast consists of some protein, a cup of oatmeal, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey, water and two bananas, blended together (strangely enough, that’s exactly what I eat, but I substitute fat free yogurt for the honey).  In addition, Watson also chokes down a blended concoction of wheat grass, spinach, strawberries, apples and blueberries after practice, which, thanks to the wheat grass, definitely sounds tougher to swallow.  Watson admits that the concoction is “the nastiest thing in the world, but it helps me.”

Whatever works, Gabe.

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