Fatness often plagues NFL players after they retire -- but former lineman Alan Faneca tells TMZ Sports he's helping his old teammates win the battle against obesity .... just like he did.
Faneca -- who played 13 NFL seasons while weighing 320 lbs -- has dropped all the way to 213 lbs ... and ran a full marathon in UNDER 4 HOURS this past weekend.
"There's no reason to be 320 and be walking around post-football," Faneca says ... noting that he made the decision to shed the weight after considering the long-term health issues that have plagued NFL big men in the past.
And now that he's successfully slimmed down, Alan says he's passing along his weight loss secrets to some of his old friends from the Steelers, Jets and Cardinals.
"I have had some buddies reach out that have had trouble and struggled," Alan said while appearing on the "TMZ Sports" TV show ... explaining, "If you dont make that transtiton kind of quick, all of the sudden that 320 turns into an ugly 350."
Faneca says he still gets cravings for chocolate chip cookies -- but says he's managed to ween himself off his most dangerous snack item ... a snack that contained 1,000 CALORIES.
Richard Sherman Bit My Style
My Angry Rant Was Way Better!!
1/30/2014 9:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Sherman's epic post-game rant DOESN'T HOLD A CANDLE to Bart Scott's legendary "Can't Wait" interview back in 2011 ... so says the former New York Jets linebacker himself.
Scott was hanging out with NY Giants kicker Steve Weatherford at Jay Glazer's Super Bowl party at Pranna in NYC ... when they told us why Scott is the undisputed post-game screaming champion.
If you remember, Scott WENT OFF after the Jets beat the Patriots in a crazy playoff game ... and Bart UNLEASHED, trashing his critics and the Patriots defense ... before capping it off with what became his catchphrase.
Seriously, Bart even trademarked the phrase "Can't Wait."
Your move, Sherman.
Adrian Peterson vs. Antonio Cromartie
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
10/17/2013 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a battle of the football baby-daddies!
Here's 28-year-old Adrian Peterson who's reportedly fathered five (or possibly 7) children to date (left) -- and 29-year-old Antonio Cromartie who famously struggled to remember the names of his seven children on HBO's "Hard Knocks" show (right).
By New England Patriots
8/31/2013 12:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tebowing has a brand new meaning -- unemployed NFL star -- 'cause Tim Tebow has been dropped by the New England Patriots.
Tebow -- who signed a 2-year contract with the Patriots back in June -- was cut from the roster Saturday morning ... after failing to impress head coach Bill Belichick, according to ESPN.
The news comes just a little over 4 months after Tebow was fired from the New York Jets.
Since Tebow has been in the NFL less than 4 years, he could become a free agent and sign with another team ... begging the question, will another team even want him?
So we gotta ask...
Jets' Santonio Holmes
Back on Field After Injury!!
Hands Still M.I.A.
8/19/2013 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Santonio Holmes made a triumphant return to NY Jets practice after his devastating foot injury, and let's just say ... dude's got a way to go before he's game ready.
The Jets' star receiver (aka Mark Sanchez's best chance to keep his starting QB job) was practicing today at MetLife Stadium -- coming off a foot injury that benched him for almost all of last season.
In the vid, Santonio runs a pretty tight pass pattern -- but you gotta watch to see how the play ends.
Good luck Sanchez ... and Jets fans.
NY Jets Star Joe McKnight
Arrested In Jersey
8/6/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
More trouble for the New York Jets -- ANOTHER running back was arrested. This time, the perp is Joe McKnight who was busted in Jersey on outstanding warrants during a routine traffic stop.
McKnight -- who was drafted out of USC in 2010 -- was initially pulled over in Hanover Township on July 30 around 11am after cops noticed his 2010 Mercedes speeding and changing lanes without signaling.
But during the stop, the officer ran Joe's plates -- and noticed outstanding warrants for his arrest for (1) failing to pay a $200 fine because he didn't have proof of insurance during a previous incident and (2) failing to pay a $120 fine for a prior routine traffic violation.
According to the New York Post, 25-year-old McKnight was cuffed and hauled to a nearby station where he was booked and released after posting the $320 bail.
It hasn't been a great off-season for Jets running backs -- back in May, McKnight's teammate Mike Goodson was popped on Route 80 after cops say he was in possession of drugs and guns. He pled not guilty to those charges.
Completes Actual Pass!
Fights to Keep His Job
7/24/2013 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Jets fans rejoice ... Mark Sanchez looks ready to toss TD passes again -- as long as the receiver is 6 feet away from him on a NYC street corner ... without any defenders chasing him.
Just 2 days before Jets training camp starts, we spotted Sanchise cruising down a midtown sidewalk, pigskin in hand -- and then it happened.
Mark quickly spotted his open man (the driver of his limo), and hit him ... right in the hands! It's the kind of thing we did NOT see last season when Sanchez put up his 2nd worst career numbers for completing passes.
Now, if Sanchez can just repeat this with real NFL players ... he might be able to avoid a huge QB controversy.
The Jets drafted Geno Smith -- a college superstar -- who's expected to challenge Sanchez for the starting job.
Your move, rook.
QB to Sign with Patriots
6/10/2013 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim Tebow's prayers have been answered ... 'cause the former Heisman Trophy winner is reportedly all set to ink a deal with the New England Patriots.
The details surrounding the deal are still unclear ... but according to ESPN, Tebow is expected to report to minicamp TOMORROW.
Chances are ... Tebow won't ever play a down at QB, 'cause there's this guy on the team named Tom Brady ... but clearly, coach Bill Belichick's got a plan for the guy.
Tebow was released by the New York Jets a few months ago ... after a lackluster season in which he BARELY saw the field.
But like some other people Tim's familiar with, his career is experiencing an unexpected resurrection.
An NFL Investigation Is One
5/26/2013 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z's foray into sports management has already hit a snag -- the NFL is investigating whether the rap superstar violated league rules involving the recruitment of New York Jets draft pick Geno Smith.
Jigga's Roc Nation Sports signed Smith earlier this week and a photo of Smith with Jay-Z was posted to Instagram prior to the announcement. The problem is ... league rules mandate that only NFLPA-certified agents may be involved in the recruitment of clients.
Also complicating matters ... Smith's adviser, John Thornton, was quoted as saying he was in meetings with Smith and Jay-Z, but later said he was misquoted.
It's unclear what the punishment would be if the NFL determines Jay-Z acted improperly.
NY Jets Running Back
Drugs & Guns
5/17/2013 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New York Jets running back Michael Goodson was arrested in New Jersey early this morning after cops say the 25-year-old was in possession of weed and a loaded handgun.
According to cops, Goodson -- who was signed by the Jets during the off-season to compete for the starting RB job -- was a passenger in an SUV that was parked along Route 80 in Denville, NJ.
Cops say both Goodson and the driver of the vehicle appeared WASTED when they approached the vehicle.
During the encounter, cops say Goodson was found to be in possession of weed (less than 50 grams) -- PLUS a loaded .45 caliber and hollow-point bullets.
FYI -- a hollow-point bullet is used to create maximum damage to its intended target ... and in NJ hollow-points are not allowed to be carried around in public, with few exceptions.
Cops say both Goodson and the driver were so intoxicated that they were both transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
According to local reports, both Goodson and the driver were released from the hospital and into the custody of the NJ State Police. They're both still in custody.
If you're unfamiliar with Michael Goodson -- it's probably because he only has 3 career TDs.
NY Giants Owner
New York Jets
RUINED TEBOW'S CAREER
5/13/2013 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The New York Jets DESTROYED any chance Tim Tebow had to be a successful QB in the NFL ... this according to NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.
"I think him going from the Broncos to the Jets was not in anybody's best interest," Tisch told TMZ on his way out of Dan Tana's in L.A. Sunday night.
"Had another team picked him up after the Broncos, maybe he'd have a career."
So where will Tim end up? Tisch says Timmy should ignore the offers from the Lingerie Football League and focus on getting back into the NFL ... at least for now.
NFL QB David Carr
Tim Tebow WILL Play in the NFL Again!
4/30/2013 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't stick a fork in Tim Tebow ... 'cause he ain't done in the NFL just yet ... at least according to NY Giants quarterback David Carr.
Carr -- the #1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft -- was at LAX last night when we asked him if Tebow's release from the Jets signaled the end for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Despite the media funeral for Tim's career, Carr still thinks there's hope.
As for Mark Sanchez's future in New York ... well, check out the video.
Offered New QB Gig ...
At 'Lingerie' League
4/29/2013 12:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's hoping Tim Tebow has developed a taste for women's undergarments ... because TMZ has learned, the teamless QB has just been offered a new job with the "Lingerie" Football League.
The LFL -- now known as Legends Football League -- sent Tebow's agent a letter moments ago, offering the former Jets QB a swanky new coaching position ... after the Jets fired his ass this morning.
LFL President Mitchell Mortaza writes, "Now that it appears Mr. Tim Tebow's career in the National Football League may be coming to an end, we at Legends Football League would like to extend him an offer to become our Quarterbacks Coach nationally."
The letter doesn't explain Tim's duties or how much he'd be getting paid ... but it's better than nothing.