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What happened to Jordan Gross?

Published: Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:45 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:48 p.m. MDT

Carolina Panthers' Edmund Kugbila, left, jokes with former teammate Jordan Gross during an NFL football practice at their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Chuck Burton, AP

Jordan Gross doesn't regret walking away from the game he dominated, along with millions of dollars, he told SI.com's Peter King this week.

“I never wanted to play longer than I should,” he said. “I never wanted anyone to be able to say, ‘He stayed too long.’ Instead of just hanging on and playing at a lower level, I always thought it would be better for people to say to me, ‘Why’d you retire? You were great last year.'”

Gross, who was a standout offensive lineman for the University of Utah, now looks very different. He's stopped training like a football player and has lost a lot of weight. He shocked his teammates by how much different he looks, and when he told local media on Monday that "My wife is freaking out. She says she's having an affair on me with me."

But as King aptly put: That's how an athlete who runs trails regularly is supposed to look.

Read King's entire story here.

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