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“Slim and sexy” Marcus Stroud staying fit

Posted by on June 16, 2014 – 1:06 pm


You might not often hear a 6-foot-6, 300-plus pound former NFL defensive lineman explained as such, but “slim and sexy” is exactly how Marcus Stroud describes his post-NFL fitness goals.

In an interview published Monday on, Stroud detailed how he’s staying in shape after a 10-year NFL career that included three seasons in Buffalo.

“I don’t lift as heavy as I used to, but increased the volume,” said the 35-year-old Georgia native. “I also do a lot more aerobic-style exercises and MMA cardio.”

Stroud finished his career with 424 tackles and 29.5 sacks after being selected 13th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2001 draft. He landed with the Bills from 2008-10, all before a stint with the Patriots and his eventual retirement due to injury.

Since 2010, Stroud has also hosted the ‘Marcus Stroud 99 Pro Football Camp For Kids’ at the University of Georgia, which aids families in living healthy lifestyles in addition to learning about the game.

“It’s more of a wellness camp, with both boys and girls,” he described. “All ages and sizes and everyone gets a chance to participate, not just the great football athletes. Besides, (we) also give people the knowledge to eat better and fight obesity,” continued Stroud. “We show the parents, as well, and give them suggestions on how to find non-expensive healthy food if that’s a concern.”

For Stroud, giving back to the community can be a way to serve his own goals, too.

“I eat better (now) than I used to back then,” he explained. “I never wanted to be the fat guy; I want to keep it slim and sexy.”

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