When Eddie Lacy got drafted into the NFL in 2013, he was a man with a reputation to become a major player in the NFL. During his first season as a rookie player, he delivered the level of performances that earned him the award for the Offensive Rookie of The Year. However, since then, things have taken a downward turn for him, he is currently unattached to a franchise and is a free agent. We took a look at just what happened to Eddie Lacy, and what the former Green Bay Packers running back is up to now. Check it out below.
Eddie Lacy’s College Career and NFL Prospects
Despite what was a challenging upbringing, one that saw his family lose their home to Hurricane Katrina, Eddie Lacy remained focus in his pursuit of a successful football career in the NFL, delivering spectacular performances at college level and helping his team, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to three BCS National Championship between 2009 and 2012.
These performances got him selected as the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, and he went on to spend five seasons at the team between 2013 and 2016. In his first season, Eddie Lacy played 15 games, with total rushing yards of 1,178 and 11 touchdowns, earning himself the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, a feat that hadn’t happened since John Brockington won it in 1971.
In his sophomore season, Eddie Lacy delivered another impressive performance, leading us to believe that the Gretna, Louisiana born running back was truly the real deal, that is until he began to face the challenges that have ultimately derailed his career.
Here is What Happened to the Former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks Running back
If you were wondering if there was an incident or event that happened to Eddie Lacy that caused the decline in his career, there is none. The running back simply began to lose control of his weight and in return, his output in the field of play decreased.
A growing weight problem, combined with ankle injuries, kept him out of the Green Bay Packers team, playing just five games in 2016.
Eddie Lacy’s struggle with his weight continued even after he happened to secure a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, signing a $5.5 million contract. The contract required Eddie to keep his weight at 250 pounds or less, earning $50,000 every time he achieves the milestone, but it wasn’t enough to keep his career afloat.
He played just nine games for the Seattle Seahawks with just 179 rushing yards and made zero touchdowns. At the expiration of his contract, he became a free agent and has remained one ever since.
According to Eddie Lacy, his struggle with his size, which happens to be the contributory factor to his demise from the NFL was down to his lack of knowledge about proper nutrition. Growing up with his family, he was used to eating unhealthy home-cooked meals, which were the family’s only choice because they were cheaper.
Along with his poor eating habits is a body metabolism that makes it hard for him to shed his weight, and despite several attempts at keeping it below the expected level as a professional athlete, Eddie continues to struggle.
What is Eddie Lacy Doing Now?
During his time in the NFL, Eddie Lacy played a total of 60 games, with 3,614 rushing yards as well as 23 touchdowns. He was selected in the 2013 Pro Bowl team, made the second-team All-Pro and was named in the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team
Since he was released by the Seattle Seahawks, Eddie Lacy hasn’t found his way back to the NFL. While he continues to work on getting his body back to optimal levels, the former NFL running back is yet to find a team to take a chance on him.
In April 2019, Eddie Lacy was hosted by the Baltimore Ravens for a workout session but so far nothing has come off it, and for fans of the running back, the wait for his return to the NFL continues.
The former Green Bay Packers running back has been asked if he wants to return to the NFL or wants to call time on his career, and his answer in a tweet in 2019 is, he is undecided. He currently lives in a condo in Renton, Washington.