The creative mind of Rex Ryan is at it again.
Already locked in for a close-up on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this summer, the Jets are set to film their own reality show over the next 11-plus weeks.
“The Biggest Loser” anyone?
Ryan has challenged nose tackle Kris Jenkins and right tackle Damien Woody to a weight loss contest, which officially began with the trio weighing in at the team’s training facility today. Ryan, who had lap band surgery in March to help curb his weight and is currently 311 pounds, announced the contest while on 1050 ESPN Radio’s “Michael Kay Show.”
The person who sheds the most pounds by 9 a.m. July 30 will receive an undisclosed financial compensation. But those extra coins won't be pocketed. They'll be donated to the charity of the winner's choice.
For those wondering how beefy Woody and Jenkins are, Woody was listed at 330 pounds last season and Jenkins hovered around 360 before tearing his left ACL on Oct. 18.
“I just think it’s going to be a fun thing,” Ryan told newyorkjets.com. “It’s just a thing where I said let's take a look at some guys who need to shed a couple of pounds ... Damien and Kris. And I'm going to do the same thing. I’ve already lost 37, 38 pounds, but that's not included in this.”
“The guys are going to have fun with it,” Ryan added. “There’s an offensive player, a defensive player and a 47-year-old coach. The handicappers, I don't know how they're going to view this.”