Saturday, April 24, 2010
Giants safety Jones: Hold the anchovies
By Dan Graziano
New York Giants safety Chad Jones, selected in the third round Friday, was asked if his weight dropped when he was playing baseball for LSU. Some of you might recall that he came out of the bullpen with a 91-mph fastball in the 2009 College World Series and passed up an opportunity to play in the major leagues.
"I actually think I got bigger during baseball season," said Jones. "I was a pitcher, and I didn’t really do much running because I was in shape from football. I was basically one of the best players when it comes to conditioning wise on the team. I kind of blew up during baseball as a pitcher because I only pitched once a week. I would pitch 2-3 innings as a closer, and at night time they would actually give you a box of pizza. Sometimes we would have five games a week, so I’d get five boxes of pizza. It kind of sat on my stomach, without me doing much exercise or running, and I blew up. When I got back to football, the weight cut really quick because it was all extra and I didn’t need it on my body."
So for players looking to add a little weight to their frame in college, I would recommend serving as a reliever on an SEC team.