When Philadelphia Eagles training camp begins in a little over a week, some players will be arriving in the best shape of their lives. Of course, that's something players say every summer. But this time some might really mean it.
As it turns out, some Eagles players have been working very hard this summer with Jay Glazer. The NFL insider has his own gym out west where players train in the style of MMA fighters. Read more about that here in this Robert Klemko piece for The MMQB.
Among the Eagles players in attendance include: running back DeMarco Murray, tight end Zach Ertz, offensive tackle Lane Johnson, and newly signed guard John Moffitt. Moffitt's presence is arguably the most interesting considering how he previously retired in 2013. It sounds like he's transformed his body:
"John Moffitt, the former Denver Broncos guard and now potential Eagles starter, came to Glazer after a nearly two-year hiatus from the sport during which he admits to letting his body go to a degree. He weighed 283 pounds, down from his playing weight of 320, and had the biggest gut of his life. The initial sessions were exhausting. Today he’s back above 300 pounds and slimmer than he was at 283."
Glazer has taken to Twitter multiple times over the offseason to praise Moffitt's progress.
"I have never been so proud of a guy I've trained than I am of John Moffitt. Retired two years ago bc he knew he had drug issues, took time to go to rehab, clean up his life, beat his demons and he has taken his life back! Guy inspires us every day. He came to me 3 months ago @unbreakable to train to take his career back. He's become the favorite of every player in our gym. He officially un-retired today. Free agent starting guard. So proud of him to get here."
"Amazing how this guy took his life back. He's taught us in the gym a bunch about beating your demons."
"In these past months Moffitt has been training with us we've also had guys like Steve Hutchinson, Shaun O'Hara & Jackie Slater come work with him."
"Re: Moffitt, anyone who COMMITS to improving & righting his wrongs should be applauded. Life is about overcoming & improving. So proud of him."
"Getting a little misty. Today we sent John Moffitt off to Philly. Three months of complete dedication. He showed us bad decisions CAN be overcome by better ones."
Moffitt will potentially compete for the starting job at right guard this offseason.
As for the other Eagles, Murray is making sure he takes care of his body after handling such a big workload in 2014. Ertz and Johnson, meanwhile, are looking to make the leap from merely being good players to being stars.
Once again, just another example of Eagles players working hard during their free time in the offseason.