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Dwayne Harris Spent His Offseason Chasing Animals To Lose Weight

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris’ training camp weight is down nine pounds from what it was last year.

So what changed in his routine? Working with a cutting edge personal trainer? Back rubs from Tony Romo? More deer antler spray? None of the above — he was chasing animals around.

With hundreds of modern training options available to him, Harris chose to adopt the oldest one known to man — hunting. Here’s how he described his routine:

“I’d just go out, man, and look for stuff to run after,” Harris said. “All kinds of stuff. Rabbits. Cats. Everything. Especially when I was back at home with my mom [in Stone Mountain, Ga.]. We live in the woods, so there was a lot of stuff running out there.”

His pets aren’t exempt from the treatment either. Harris’ pit bull, Polo, was routinely chased.

“I’d chase after him because he doesn’t want to come home. He’s not as quick as he used to be, but he’s pretty fast.”

Polo might not want to come home because he lives in constant fear of an NFL wide receiver chasing him down at any moment.

This training technique isn’t a first for football players. High school players in a region of Florida have been doing it for years. They primarily stalk rabbits and Santonio Holmes is one of their most famous products. Here’s an ESPN segment on the region:


  • Anonymous

    Are we completely sure he wasn’t actually just chasing deer specifically for that sweet, sweet antler juice?

  • Albert Smith

    Just as any other young reciever has that works hard he’s progressively improved his game to match the nfl level don’t hat Sean_G you sound like many cowboy haters especially when their WR’s look better than NE’s & don’t try to take a shot @ dez.

  • Big Jim of the South

    Ever chase wild turkeys? Pretty quick and can cut on a dime. Better wear gloves too calls those spurs are something to keep in mind. It’s not the fastest but it is very elusive with the cuts.

  • metalmechanic

    These stories are always funny. Guys do some weird stuff.

    I remember after Hillis had his big year, they showed him with a truck chained to him pulling it up and down the road. Hopefully the chasing animals works out better than that did for Hillis.

  • texasaaa

    When I was a young man being raised in the country a momma turkey came by with little ones. I was able to grab a baby and when I did the momma turkey came after me! I was setting a new land speed record but every 4th or 5 th step that momma pecked me in the butt! Ouch! I ran by the house and my parents were on the porch
    Laughing thier butts off! Dad yelled at me, let the baby go! As soon as I dropped the baby the momma turkey quit her pursuit. She ruffled her feathers rounded up the rest and walked on off with them! Ill never do that again. That was bout 50 years ago.

  • Long Ben

    Let us not forget “The” Jim Thorpe. He chased his dog to refine his quickness and football chops.

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