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

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

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runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

Great article. Totally respect a guy like that. Looks healthier to me.

East Coast Ute
Storrs, CT

Wow, Jordan, looking great! He's always been a good one of taking care of himself. I saw him back during the offseason in Utah a few years ago looking very trim for an NFL starting tackle, he was probably around 280 at the time before bulking back up for the next season. But this is remarkable, I wouldn't even recognize him if not for those ears! Joking aside, I wish more players would put their long term health as highly as he does. That same year, I met Haloti Ngata, great dude, but his offseason weight had to be up about 50 lbs from his playing weight, and he looked like just getting around was a laborious task.

Gross was a great Ute. Obviously, very strong and talented, but what set him apart and made him a great pro as well was a nastiness while still playing well within the rules of the game. The next and only other local player I've seen match that since was Paul Kruger, although Trevor wasn't far behind. If the Utes can find another one or few, their fortunes will turn drastically.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

Enjoyed the story. Better yet the message, to me, that a man had a plan for his life and knew when to let the one chapter close and another chapter open.

How I wish elected officials would catch the message and know when to leave the stage. Yes, Orrin, this means you. But I digress.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

The irony is that his ex-teammates think he looks "sick" or "unhealthy". I imagine is heart is healthier pumping blood through 230 lbs of flesh as compared to 305 lbs. And you got to wonder how a player loses that much weight in six months. PED's? Who knows and I doubt Gross is the kind of guy who would use them, but they guy doesn't even look like himself.

Jordan Gross is a blessed...and smart man.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Great job Jordan! Nice to see a guy do it the right way and go out strong while he still has a chance to be healthy and really enjoy the rest of his life with his family and doing things he loves. Too many guys push it too far and end up needed extensive medical care the rest of their lives. No matter how much money you have, if you hurt every day it's not fun.

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