Bears players are generally in very healthy shape, even the big ones. That doesn’t make them necessarily easy to relate to for the average civilian.
At 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, Bears defensive end Israel Idonije isn’t the typical citizen physically to begin with. But Idonije earned the undying envy of everyone concerned with their weight when he went from 265 to 305 pounds several years ago when the Bears wanted him to play more defensive tackle.
The weight gain wasn’t the “problem.” It was that Idonije put on 40 pounds without needing to change pant size. (If there is a reader out there who can relate to that, please raise your hand. ... Anybody?)
Idonije has since returned to his more natural weight. His trousers.
Then there is Bears rookie defensive tackle Will Sutton.
Sutton, who puts on a Bears helmet for the first time this weekend at the team’s rookie minicamp, bulked up to 320 for his senior season, on purpose and due to bad advice rather than to a massive case of gluttony
“I went from probably eating three to four meals a day to eating six,” Sutton said this spring at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Still working out, competing in the weight room, still making all my times.”
Sutton’s production dipped dramatically last year. Now his weight has, too.
“I’m at 290 right now, and I think this is where they want me at, at 290,” Sutton said post-draft. “But I can always get down another five or 10 pounds if they want me to.”
(And if you can relate to being able to casually drop five to 10 pounds just because somebody wants you to, again, please raise your hand. ... Anybody?)