Former Eagle Anton Davis hopes to be 'Biggest Loser'

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Antone Davis has a lot to lose - and the former Eagles lineman needs to do so if he hopes to win on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Davis, 44, now a restaurant manager, weighed in at nearly a quarter ton. He lost 32 pounds in two weeks.

As an offensive lineman for the Eagles, Antone Davis wore a lot of padding - but nowhere near as much as he's displaying as a contestant this season on NBC's The Biggest Loser.

On the season premiere last week, he weighed in at 447 pounds - more than 100 pounds more than his playing weight - and that was down from the 476 he hit before deciding to go on the show, according to USA Today.

In Tuesday's episode, Davis, 44, now a restaurant manager, really lost it, in more ways than one.

As his trainer screamed "not good enough!" and counted down the seconds, a groaning Davis tried to punch out his exercise bike and fell in a heap on the gym, bawling like a baby.

"That's right!" Bob Harper yelled at the married father of four. "You should be getting angry! . . . You don't want to be a statistic! People have died that you know! You don't want to be dead! That's why you're on my watch right now. Get your a- up and get over here!"

He's a bit harsher than new trainer, tennis star Anna Kournikova. But Eagles fans were just as nasty toward Davis, who was often called a first-round draft bust, especially since coach Rich Kotite traded up to get him in 1991. Davis played with the Eagles until 1995, before being traded to the Atlanta Falcons and retiring in 1997.

"Antone has a lot of demons in him. Anybody can see it. So I gotta push him," Harper explained to viewers.

Later, the pressure was on again, as the contestants were weighed to see which team would be saved from elimination in a "Battle of the Ages," divided into age groups.

Davis' loss of 10 pounds - 32 in two weeks - was crucial for the Black team, ages 30-49.

John "Johnny" Forger, a realty company owner from Canton, Mass., got the heave-ho after actually gaining 2 pounds and letting down Kournikova's Blue team, all of them 50 or over.

Finishing second was the 30-and-under Red team.

Next Tuesday, on an "NFL Week" episode, guest stars include quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos.

 


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.