Ex-NFL star Russell Okung shows off incredible body transformation after losing 310lbs in days of football

Former NFL star Russell Okung looks like a whole new retired person.

The Super Bowl-winning offensive lineman had a listed playing weight of 310 pounds during his 11-year playing career.

Russell Okung during his NFL season


Russell Okung during his NFL seasonPhoto credit: Getty
Okung has undergone a dramatic physical transformation since retiring


Okung has undergone a dramatic physical transformation since retiringPhoto credit: Twitter/@RussellOkung

But Okung, now 34, appears to have lost around 100 pounds since hanging up his boots in 2020 after a stint with the Carolina Panthers.

The left tackle showed off his dramatic weight loss on social media, with the caption to his Easter Sunday tweet simply reading, “Reborn.”

Many NFL players, particularly offensive linemen, lose weight after their game days are over because they no longer have to eat high-calorie diets to maintain their massive 300-pound-plus frames.

Even so, the image of Okung’s dramatic weight loss caused quite a stir on social media.

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“Nice to see him healthier,” tweeted former NFL doctor Dr. David Chao. “In my @NFL experience, players rarely stick around [the] same weight after retirement.

“Those who have struggled to maintain weight are gaining weight. Those who struggle to maintain weight lose it.”

Panthers reporter Darin Gantt added, “Carrying on over 300 pounds just isn’t normal for most bodies, which becomes clear when you see how quickly they change in retirement.”

A top-10 pick in 2010, Okung spent 11 seasons in the NFL, including six with the Seahawks, with whom he won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.

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Okung also spent one season with the Denver Broncos and two with the Los Angeles Chargers before retiring from the Panthers in 2020.

He played in two Pro Bowls in 2012 and 2017.

Okung was also the first NFL player to convert part of his salary to bitcoin while with the Panthers.

At the end of 2020, the price of Bitcoin was around $27,000.

The cryptocurrency peaked at $61,000 in November 2021 and is now worth around $28,000.


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