One might not think there's much left for Jason Peters to prove at this point in his career. The Eagles' 33-year-old left tackle is beyond well-established heading into his 12th NFL season. The seven-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman has arguably reached Hall of Fame status. But that hasn't stopped Peters from trying to get even better.
Speaking with the media after a training camp practice, Peters revealed he's gone on a diet this offseason to lose weight. He's cut out ice cream and other sweets. He's also been riding a bike around Philadelphia on a regular basis. These efforts have helped Peters drop from 345, his usual training camp weight, down to 320.
Inspiration for Peters' weight loss came from dissatisfaction with his performance last season. Via Joe Santoliquito of CBS Philly:
"I started slacking at the end of the year I must say," Peters admitted. "The last three games I gave up some sacks that I usually don’t give up. I look back on it and I wasn’t pleased, I came into this year working on trying to fix that.
"When I look back at my last three or four games, I look back and know I have to do better than that; that I’m able to do better than that. It’s why I started training earlier, more than the last few years. I was upset late last year. I wanted to come back than I was last year. I’m getting older. I want to win a Super Bowl. Every year you want to make the playoffs and go farther than what you did the previous year. We lost to the Cowboys and they knocked us out of the playoffs, and that was tough. I was upset. Losing to Dallas got me to a little bit. I carried that around for a while."
Peters' best days might be behind him, but he's still played at a very high level to this point. It's a good sign for the Eagles that the veteran is working hard to fight the decline and do his best to help the team chase that elusive Super Bowl ring.