Green Bay Packers left guard Josh Sitton has already had an outstanding career in the NFL. Sitton would love to play several more years and he figures to do so, but he needs to find ways to take stress off of his back and joints.
Sitton, who turns 30 in June, told reporters last week that he dropped 20 pounds since the end of last season. He said he’s trying to lose some of the bad weight and put better weight back on.
Sitton said, “as you get older, you just need to do certain things to maintain to be able to play as many years as you can, and I’m trying to be around for a long time. When you’re 22, 23, 24, you can carry this heavy weight all year, and it’s no big deal. But as you start getting older, you’ve got to do certain things. This is four, five months that my body’s not carrying around all that weight, so it’s just better on my joints and everything like that.”
Sitton said he wants to lose more than he needed, then between now and the start of the season, he can slowly add a few pounds of healthier weight. Sitton said he hopes to play this season somewhere 315 and 320 pounds after finishing last season between 325 and 330.
Sitton is entering the final year of his contract, along with fellow starters T.J. Lang and David Bakhtiari. There’s a good chance one or more of them won’t be with the team next season.
Sitton said he can’t worry about future uncertainty and doesn’t believe potential distractions will bother him.