Cowboys DC Ryan says weight loss was ‘for health, not beauty’

Cowboys DC Rob Ryan at rookie mini-camp yesterday/AP

On Friday at rookie minicamp, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan made his first appearance before reporters in a while. And while he said some things about his defense, the conversation turned more personal at the end.

Just like his twin Rex, Rob had lap-band surgery to help with weight loss. And while there was some thought that it was to help Rob get a head-coaching job, he said that wasn’t the reason at all.

Instead, it was much more simple.

“Just breathing at night …” Ryan began. “My wife was telling me, ‘We’re looking for the long haul here.’ So, I did it for health, not for beauty. I did get a sweet cut (takes off his hat), you guys gotta see this. Trying to look like a Cowboy.”

Ryan laughed and took off his hat, displaying a scraggly cut of his long hair. Looked to me like an 80s rocker with bed head. But what the heck do I know? Not exactly a beautician, ya know?

Anyway, Rob says he’s lost 35 pounds already, which is pretty awesome.

“That’s a good thing,” Ryan said. “And it’s only been a couple months. I’ll keep working.”

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