Santana Moss: 'I'm Pretty Buff'
The trend these days is to brag about how much weight you've lost in the offseason, and I'll have more on that in a bit, but Santana Moss went in the other direction this afternoon, saying he hit the weights heavier than he'd done since college, and that his body is showing the results.
"I'm pretty buff, I'll just leave it at that," he said when asked how much he weighs. "When you're hitting the weights the way I was hitting 'em, not really slacking, going everything heavy, moving up in weight every day and every week, man, it's hard to not buff up, you know what I'm saying? My last week I was throwing 315 like four or five times. I never really benched 300-something like that. I always had maxed to 300 or 305, but throwing 315 three or four times, that was like way beyond what I ever imagined.
"But it was good. I really was feeling good about it, and I know that I don't play like most receivers anyway. I'm already hindered by my size, so I like to have those advantages. When people look at me for my size and think all I can do is run, I like to give them an arm or two and tell 'em I ain't a weakling."
Moss said he usually "buffs up" early in the offseason and then tries to come down before training camp, but that he changed the routine this year. He said that training camp will break him down anyhow, so his weight today doesn't matter all that much. And he said he feels fresher as a result of taking things easy the early part of the offseason.
"You get older and you get smarter and you get wiser," he explained. " So you say, 'Man I'm not gonna go out there and tire myself in April when I know I can do everything in about six weeks to a month.' So I did it when it was time."
I'm not sure I noticed a difference looking at Moss, although at least one of my colleagues said he did. Either way, It certainly wasn't a Mike Williams-style change. So I asked Moss whether he can look in the mirror and see the results.
"It's hard, but you know when you're all ripped up and cut up," he said. "You know you put in some work. You get little remarks here and there, like oooh. Not from me, but from some other people. You know when you've got yourself going right."
(Moss also said that he liked the switch to more grueling practices under Jim Zorn, which is not something a lot of guys have said.
"Last year was one of those years when we had all these two-a-days with pads, and it was something we didn't experience with Gibbs," he said. "And I was just happy to be able to experience it, because you want to know if you can still push yourself to that limit. And you've been getting luxury practices--I call them luxury when you're out a little bit less. Like, today is a luxury day to me. Listen, it shouldn't be nothing to go out and run hard all day [without pads], because those pads weigh a ton.")
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