Football coach motivates his players with his Lap-Band surgery

October 20, 2010

Being a head football coach for an NFL football team can’t be easy. The stress of winning and losing, personnel issues, travel, being away from your family and dealing with the media – not many people are able to step up to those challenges. Now imagine dealing with all those things while being morbidly obese at 338 pounds.

For New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, that was his reality.

Ryan is a part of a coaching family. His father, Buddy, was a head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, and his brother, Rob, is a defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. According to reports, he knew he wanted to be a football coach at age 6.

His coaching career began in 1987 at Eastern Kentucky, and he joined the NFL in 1994. Over the years, he quickly made a name for himself. He also gained weight. He became the head coach of the Jets in 2009, and in his first season, he took his team to the AFC Championship game. During the offseason leading up to the 2010 season, he made the decision to have Lap-Band surgery. According to an interview he gave the NY Post, he has lost 70 pounds so far. His goal weight is 250.

He hits the gym early and daily, and he is often seen on the treadmill in the Jets’ practice facility before the players arrive. He is hoping to motivate his players be setting a good example by trying to lead a healthier life.

To read his full interview with the NY Post, visit

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