Friday, March 10, 2006

The Weight Is Nearly Over for Davis

Former USC tailback Anthony Davis says he is prepared for his gastric bypass surgery on Saturday, a procedure that will be cybercast by Lite and Hope. Davis, a College Football Hall of Famer who is 5-foot-9, was the picture of health at USC, playing at 175 pounds. But the 53-year-old has ballooned to over 300 pounds the past 10 years and has developed obesity-related health problems. The surgery, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. EST and last about 90 minutes, will be narrated by singer Carnie Wilson, whose own bypass procedure in 1999 was the first to be cybercast. Davis said he started to consider the procedure after the 2004 death of NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White at age 43. "That was a serious wake-up call for me," he said. The former Trojan, runner-up to Ohio State's Archie Griffin in the 1974 Heisman voting, estimates it will take two years to reach his target weight of 185. Davis is best remembered for his spectacular games against Notre Dame and unique end zone celebration.

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