In an ideal world, Brandon Jacobs will be feasting in mid-February of next year as the 49ers celebrate their sixth Super Bowl title. But in order to get there, Jacobs will be watching his weight to become a more explosive weapon for San Francisco’s offense.
On Tuesday, Jacobs told reporters he plans to cut about 10 pounds off his current weight, which stands at about 266 pounds. When Jacobs does shed the extra weight, it will mark the first time he’s played under 260 pounds since college.
“I remember a coach my sophomore year telling me, ‘If you get up to 260, they’re going to move you to defensive end,’” Jacobs said. “I remember that in the back of my head.”
It looks like the coach was wrong. Jacobs has gone on to win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants as a centerpiece of the rushing attack. His plan is to cut the “stuff that sticks to your bones” out of his diet – foods like potatoes that are filled with carbohydrates.
“I think I could move faster, I could hit the hole harder and I could deliver a little bit more of a punch if I’m lighter versus being heavy,” Jacobs said.
If all goes well, the diet will only be temporary. Following New York’s victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Jacobs enjoyed the next few weeks on vacation and at the dinner table, weighing as much as 285 pounds.
“We just relaxed, ate, took trips and had fun, my wife and I and my son,” Jacobs said. “We just traveled and did a whole bunch of things. We really didn’t care about anything, we just ate.”
After enjoying his Super Bowl victory, Jacobs said it only took him three weeks to get back down to his playing weight.
“I wasn’t really meant to be that big,” Jacobs said. “I still looked like this, though, which is a good thing for me. I could be 280 and still look great like this.”
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