I’ve never watched “The Biggest Loser”, but apparently the NBC show is popular because it’s been on the air for 10 years, and has spawned versions in 25 other countries. Among those are Hungary (naturally), Poland (where it’s called “What Do You Have To Lose?) and Spain (simply “The Scale”).
If they’ve had other celebrity contestants, I’m unaware. But here we have former Detroit Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell, who will be on season 16 (the show went two-series-per-year in 2008), entitled “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days”. Apparently this one will feature 20 former athletes “who have let themselves go”, and they’ll compete to see who can lose the biggest percentage of body weight. Because, America. The new season begins Sept. 11.
Another former Lion, lineman Damien Woody (388 pounds), will also be on the show.
Mitchell amassed more than 10,000 passing yards and threw for 79 touchdowns in five seasons in Detroit — he also played for the Dolphins, Ravens and Bengals before retiring in 2002. His bio listed him at 241 pounds during his best year with the Lions, 1995, when he threw for 4,338 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Now? According to NBC, he’s going into The Biggest Loser at 366 pounds.
From his NBC bio: “(Mitchell’s) biggest motivation for going on the show was seeing his dad die of obesity-related causes early this year and knowing he could be headed down the same path if he doesn’t change his life. Now 46 years old and 366 pounds, Mitchell has sleep apnea and high blood pressure. Weight has been an issue since age 35 due to a busy life and poor diet. With five kids ranging in age from 11 to 21, he wants to be there for his family and is ready to embrace a healthy lifestyle. When he loses the weight, he says he wants to look amazing in clothes and be physically active.”
A noble goal and we hope he gets where he wants to be. And this being America, it shall be televised, with commercials, as a large corporation hopes to make some money from it.
Being a former pro athlete, Mitchell surely knows that diet and exercise are the key here, and one does not necessarily need TV cameras present to provide motivation. But, the winner this season does collect $250,000, so what the hell.
Among others to be on the show will be Lori Harrigan-Mack (former UNLV softball player who won won three Olympic gold medals) and Zina Garrison (three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion and 1990 Wimbledon runner-up).