American football is arguably the most popular and important sport in the United States, and it is one of the most physically demanding, requiring its players to maintain certain physical shapes that are uncommon in other kinds of sports. The inability to match this requirement can lead to negative consequences in the life of prospective or active players, as shown by the career of Eddie Lacy, whose weight problems have kept him out of the NFL for years.
What exactly is Eddie Lacy’s weight? and why is it an issue? Read all about this along with other details about him, such as his net worth below.
What is Eddie Lacy’s Weight and Height?
The latest official record of Eddie Lacy’s weight is 115kg, which is 253 pounds, three pounds more than the weight threshold required of him by his last NFL team, Seattle Seahawks. On the other hand, at 5 feet 11 inches, he has the perfect height of an NFL running back.
Eddie, who plays a position where speed is arguably the most important quality, is well over the average weight of NFL running backs, which stands at 195lbs (88.4kg).
His well-documented weight problem was not always an issue for the Louisiana-born running back. Before his college career, his high school physical stats placed him well below his current weight level at 102kg (225lb). At the sweet spot of body size for a running back, Eddie Lacy was able to help his college team, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to three BCS National Championships between 2009 and 2012.
When Eddie Lacy declared for the 2013 NFL Draft, his physical stats were at peak condition, with a weight of 231 lb (105kg) and a height of 5 feet 11 inches. Combined with an arm length of 31 inches and a 9.5 inches hand size, he was physically primed for a successful career in the NFL, which reflected in his first season as a rookie with the Green Bay Packers.
In the 2013 season, despite getting picked 61st overall, Eddie delivered a string of remarkable performances that fetched him the Offensive Rookie of the Year award as well as a place in the 2013 Pro Bowl and the Second-team All-Pro at the end of the season.
He recorded 11 touchdowns in his first season as well as 1,178 rushing yards. With his physical condition still very much intact, he continued his rich vein of form in the following season, delivering 9 touchdowns and 1,139 rushing yards.
However, as his weight grew, Eddie Lacy’s productivity reduced, with his performances dwindling with each passing season. Eventually, he left the Green Bay Packers after four seasons, resulting in one of the most comical periods of the 2017 football season when he joined the Seattle Seahawks on a one year contract that fetched him $55,000 every time he weighed 250lbs (113kg) or less after a weigh-in.
Despite the promise of money, Eddie Lacy struggled to maintain his weight and his one year contract with the Seahawks came to a disappointing end, with just nine games to his name, 179 rushing yards, and zero touchdowns.
Eddie’s continued struggle with weight gain has kept him out of the NFL and with a current weight of 253 pounds, fans of the running back may have to consider the possibility that he might never play in the NFL again.
How Much is He Worth?
The bright spark in which Eddie Lacy started his career may have been quenched by his weight but before he left the NFL, he was able to amass a considerable net worth that could serve him very well to the end of his life if he uses it wisely.
According to Celebrity NetWorth, the former Green Bay Packers running back has a net worth of $9 million. His first contract in the NFL was a four year $3.39 million contract, under which he earned $847, 000 in signing bonus and $405, 000 as his first-year salary.
After leaving the Green Bay Packers, he signed a one-year $5.5 million contract with the Seahawks, with $3 million of his total contract guaranteed. He earned $1.3 million in salary and $1.5 million in signing bonus. He also earned $687,500 in roster and $385,000 in workout bonuses.
Although he has been out of the NFL for a couple of years, he has maintained his wealth and currently lives in a condo in Renton, Washington DC.