After 11 weeks on the Biggest Loser ranch and a total weight loss of 98 pounds, former University of Utah and NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell was voted off after he and another contestant in NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” fell below the yellow line.
In a twist this season, contestants aren’t eliminated when they leave the ranch. They go train with Bob Harper at Comeback Canyon and go head-to-head with another eliminated contestant for a shot to get back in the weight-loss competition and at the $250,000 prize.
In last Thursday's episode, if the eight remaining contestants collectively lost 40 pounds, then no one would be eliminated. If they didn’t, then there would be a vote to see which of the two players who lost the least amount of weight — and fell below the yellow line — would be eliminated. (If there is a red line, the players are automatically eliminated.)
Their collective weight loss fell short of that and Mitchell, who in past episodes put up double-digit weight losses, maintained his weight of 268 pounds from the week before. He was up against Toma Dobrosavljevic, 33, who had gained a pound.
Of the other six competitors, four voted for Mitchell.
“The competitor in me wants to be here and wants to fight. But I’ve gained many tools and insights,” Mitchell said after the emotional vote. “This has been a life-changing, life-saving experience.”
During the limo ride away from the ranch, Mitchell was reflecting on how life always changes when Harper opened the door and said, “the game’s not over for you, Scott.”
At Comeback Canyon, Mitchell, 46, who was an NFL quarterback for 12 years, will be up against Damien Woody, a two-time Super Bowl champion.
Throughout the season, Mitchell has stepped up to help lead his team.
During Week 9 at the ranch, Michael Irvin, Donald Driver and Willie McGinest visited the ranch. Mitchell had a one-on-one with Irvin, a three-time Super Bowl champion who is in the NFL Hall of Fame, about the struggles of being a football player.
“Football is what you did, not who you are,” Irvin said. He shared that he had some struggles and added, ”I’ve been down; I know.”
Mitchell gave Irvin one of his red team shirts with the words, “Michael, you always played the game with respect and honor. May you always find the presence of God in your life. All my best.”
Irvin told Mitchell to “continue to move forward, always,”
One of the rewards he helped his team win was video chats from home.
“In this process, I’ve found that finding joy in our lives is one of the key things to building a good foundation moving forward,” Mitchell said on a video chat with his family.
“We have so much to celebrate, to find joy in,” he said.
“The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” features contestants who are all former athletes. It airs Thursday evenings on NBC.
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