Ever since Herman Johnson entered the world weighing 15 pounds and 14 ounces, it seemed he was meant to play football.
He is listed as being one of the heaviest babies ever born in Louisiana, and he says “my doctor told me all the time I was going to be an LSU Tiger.”
Johnson made his doctor look like a soothsayer by becoming a three-year starter at the school, but now he is attempting to take his career a step further and into the NFL.
In order to do so, he is trying to reverse what has come so naturally to him — gaining weight.
The 6-foot-7 guard came into college weighing 411 pounds, but he has steadily trimmed down. He finished his senior season at 382 pounds and has lost another 20 pounds since then.
Johnson ultimately hopes to drop to around 350 pounds and is confident that NFL scouts will recognize his improved quickness and agility.
Johnson said eating six small meals and drinking a gallon of water each day and doing more cardiovascular exercises have helped him shed the weight.