EAST RUTHERFORD — Giants punter Steve Weatherford has always had a good leg as one of the most accurate punters in the NFL, but it is the rest of his body that is getting him some extra attention these days.
Weatherford is the subject of a Muscle & Fitnessprofile highlighting his ripped physique, which is unusual for a punter, noting that the Giants previous longtime punter, Jeff Feagles, looked "more like a DMV clerk than a professional athlete."
At 6-2 and 230 pounds, with 5-percent body fat, the magazine describes Weatherford as the "NFL's fittest player," noting that his weight room statistics back up that sentiment — he has hit a 308-pound power clean for two reps; a 420 back squat for five; a 315 bench for six, and a 475 deadlift for five.
As for why he is so dedicated to sculpting his body, Weatherford told the magazine that fitness became an obsession due to his diminutive stature as a young kid.
Via Muscle & Fitness:
"I have little man syndrome," Weatherford said. "As a kid I was always very athletic and very fast. I was always good at sports, but I wasn't big and I wasn't strong. I wasn't big enough to compete at an elite level, so I developed an elite work ethic. I'm glad that it happened the way it did, because I wouldn't have developed that work ethic otherwise."
The rest of the article follows Weatherford through one of his intense workout sessions, highlights his battle with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, an erratic heartbeat condition that sidelined him in 2011 when he was playing with the Jets, and how his training and diet helped keep him on the field for the Giants this season despite suffering a high sprain and four torn ligaments in his left ankle during the season opener.
"There's no doubt in my mind," Weatherford said. "My training, diet, and preparation can be the only reason for this small miracle."
This is not the first time Weatherford's physique has garnered him media attention. In fact, Men's Fitness chose to profile Weatherford after the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2012, when the magazine detailed his training regimen.
Weatherford is also the subject of a forthcoming Sunday profile by ESPN's Rick Reilly.
By Nick Powell | New Jersey Advance Media for NJ.com | October 31, 2014