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Mike Williams: Bison Yes, Steak No

Mike Williams, 30 pounds ago. (May photo by Joel Richardson - TWP)

"Boy, I was ready so bad to jump on y'all," Mike Williams said to Andre Carter after today's Skins practice. "I had to calm down a little bit. I don't know, I was just ready. Boy, ya'll looked like some steak or something out there."

Williams, the right tackle, was telling Carter, the DE, that he was ready to crush him on the field. But the steak simile was maybe a bad one, since steak is one of the things Williams has tried to drop from his diet as his weight has free-falled from 450 pounds to about 380. Dude lost 30 pounds since the last OTA session a month ago; you don't do that by jumping on every piece of steak you see.

Oh, but there's a potential solution to take the place of any steaks, on or off the field. Bison.

"It's a lot better for you," Williams told me this afternoon. "I haven't had any, but I looked online for some. Supposedly every hundred grams of bison meat carries about 2.3 grams of fat. Beef is double that. So you're looking at four ounces of bison meat is probably 143 calories with 2.3 grams of fat. I really now know my facts."

I was impressed. I recommended he maybe check out the tofu aisle; "I don't think I like tofu," he said. "You know, because it's bland."

Not so, but in any case, whatever Williams is doing is working. He now says his goal is to get down to 345, his collegiate playing weight, by the start of training camp at the end of July. That would be a drop of more than a bill from his high, although he said he never looked dramatically obese, even when he got to 450.

"If you saw me at 450, you'd say, 'ok,' " Williams said. "I'm pretty much more proportional, and so I won't balloon out here with the stomach and everything. Some guy asked me, can you touch your toes. I was like, yeah, I can touch my toes. Oh yeah. I can kick over your head."

I didn't ask him to demonstrate, but then again, I wouldn't want my head to meet his size 17 shoe if he didn't. His pant size was about a 50 at his peak weight, up from 46, but "I usually run my pants at 50 anyways," he explained. "Really, it's because of the legs. So it's never where I had to totally change my wardrobe because I was so big. It was just the clothes I did have weren't fitting as comfortable."

And how did he get that high? Big Macs and large fries, you're thinking? Not so, he said.

"People go, 'Wow, how you balloon up there?' It wasn't like McDonald's and Burger King and fries and stuff like that," he said. "That's kind of the misconception of someone getting big. It's just eating too much bread and not working out enough, so it's very easy to balloon up."

Williams said all this with many laughs mixed in, and repeatedly joked about his weight this afternoon. But he also said that he knew it was time to start seriously shedding pounds, from his wife's health concerns to his own surprise upon getting on a scale.

"I never got on there until I started working out, and then I was like, 'Oh, man, I really do have to lose weight,' " he said. "I thought I was like 430 or something like that. Surprisingly, I was a little higher than that."

And so, more workouts. Less red meat. Less carbs. Less food in general at night. Turkey meatloaf (with carrots) instead of the cow-based stuff. His (petite) wife, Enisha, is thrilled, which doesn't mean she's on the same program.

"Heck no," Williams said. "She doesn't even weigh anything. Let me put this on the airwaves right here. Let me bust this myth, and I want this to be aired out, and I hope you're listening. This goes out to Emma, Derrick [Dockery's] wife....Don't let them fool you. We eat MUCH better than they eat, me and Dock, hands down....They sneak out. We're out there working in Arizona, they sneak out and go to In-N-Out Burger. Me and Derrick are sitting in the apartment, and we're like, sniff sniff sniff, why does [Dockery's daughter] smell like onions? Like, who's been eating burgers?...They're so bad. I mean, they ate it every day almost."

So is he jealous of the burger-eaters? Is he finding it hard to eat less? Isn't food good?

"I'm gonna answer that question like this," he said: "When you start seeing your progress and where you were and where you're at now and where you want to be, that will start to outweigh" any food. Har.

"I didn't put this much time and energy in for me to just get hooked by something that's gonna set me back two or three days," he continued. "And so that right there is just gonna blow past anything like burgers."

WJLA's Alex Parker pointed out that even President Obama grants himself a juicy hamburger every once in a while.

"If I was a little guy, I may sneak a Five Guys burger in, but I'm not," Williams said. "AND I'm not president. So that's two strikes against me."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 1, 2009; 7:02 PM ET
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But what is Williams' chest hair like?

Posted by: hithere1 | June 1, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

is he wearing a dress in that picture?

Posted by: bizzleboy | June 1, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

also, tell Mike you can get ground bison or bison steaks at most whole foods markets...

Posted by: bizzleboy | June 1, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This guy is gonna be a stud. Great pick up by Vinny.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 2, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

f JLC....
oops sorry wrong blog
what up SteinBog!

Posted by: jonthefisherman | June 2, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I had a buffalo burger last night. I love bison/buffalo and wish the US could produce more. I would love to see it even replace Pork or Chicken or something.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 2, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I'd be surprised if this guy logged any serious time for us this year. Too much weight, too much time off...hopefully he'll get his feet wet and help us in 2010.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 2, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Naturally-raised (free romping, grass-grazing) bison is readily available here in the DC area:

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 2, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Mike needs to visit Teds Montana Grill. They'll serve you bison burgers, bison steak, bison beer, bison ice cream, bison everything.

Seriously though, bison is pretty tasty

Posted by: -swb | June 2, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Nice work by Johnny Cakes for asking him if he could touch his toes!

Posted by: salgaddb | June 2, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

ah finally an update on Williams' weight. I was so worried about it I've been eating garlic bread non-stop. I think I've gained around 120 pounds...

Posted by: trolly_time | June 2, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: sa11231 | June 2, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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