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G Brandon Brooks sheds weight, down to 325 pounds

Posted Apr 8, 2013

With an offseason of workouts and healthy eating, Texans right guard Brandon Brooks has slimmed down to 325 pounds.


Texans guard Brandon Brooks is a little lighter on his feet these days.

With an offseason of working out and healthy eating, Brooks has slimmed down to 325 pounds. The 6-5 lineman was 355 pounds – the heaviest player in Texans history – when he was drafted in the third round out of Miami (Ohio) last April. He was 335 in January at the end of his rookie season.

“I feel a lot better,” Brooks said Saturday at the 2013 Texans Cheerleader Tryouts. “The reason why I got down so low, I want to be able to move in our system, want to be comfortable. Also, with it being so hot outside, being 355 just wasn’t healthy for me. I think 325 is the best weight for me. I feel like I’m just as strong but I’m a lot quicker.”

Brooks has been working out four days a week since mid-February. Living in Chicago this offseason, he went to a local gym most days at 8 or 9 a.m. He used a workout plan from his college strength coach that emphasized dumbbell weights and squats, cleans and bench presses.

“The biggest thing was just eating right consistently – going to Whole Foods or not eating fast food, or if I have a cheat day, it’ll just be one day; it’ll just be Saturday,” Brooks said. “So I just eat healthy consistently and (have been) working out four days a week – Monday Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.”

After getting called out publicly about his weight by Gary Kubiak in mini-camp last May, Brooks was inactive for the first 10 games of his rookie season. He got a few reps at right guard behind fellow rookie Ben Jones in Week 12. He played about 50 percent of the right guard snaps in the playoffs.

Brooks – who ran a 4.98 40-yard dash and did 36 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at his college pro day – is looking forward to competing with Jones, one of his closest friends, for a starting job.

“Once I got my feet wet and really understood what it was to play this game and being blessed to play this game (last season), my confidence started to build and I started to gain some momentum, and I just want to keep it going,” Brooks said. “I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove, so definitely can’t wait to get started.”

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