By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Believe it or not, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan weighs less than backup quarterback Tim Tebow.
Just don't expect him to show up on the cover of GQ Magazine like starting QB Mark Sanchez.
In the 2009 AFC Championship Game, Ryan weighed 348 pounds. Nowadays, he's down to 242.
He underwent lap-band surgery two years ago and now his waistline has shrunk from 48 inches to 38.
"I feel good because I know l look better than I did," he said Thursday while promoting Lap-Band surgery in New York.
"But it wasn't about that for me. I've been married for 25 years. I wasn't looking for the young girlfriend or whoever. ... I wanted to be healthier and live a long, healthy life."
With all the Jets preseason talk centered around quarterbacks Tebow and Sanchez, Ryan took some of the spotlight Thursday. When asked about sharing a similar build with Tebow, Ryan chuckled.
"I think we look real similar, except he's left-handed and I'm right-handed," said Ryan, according to ESPNNewYork.
Ryan said he was "shocked" and "mortified" by his weight, which led to his attitude change. He credited his weight loss to the Lap-Band surgery, which he decided to have after hearing the success stories of former players Jamie Dukes and Tony Siragusa.
Rex Ryan acknowledged he didn't necessarily eat much healthier, just less because of the device.
"If I want pizza, instead of eating a whole pizza like I used to, I'll eat a slice of pizza, if even that," he said.
While Ryan has had a solid weight loss progression, it's the Jets that he's most concerned about. After predicting a Super Bowl last season, the Jets finished 8-8, while neighbor New York Giants won the Super Bowl.
"I think I've looked forward to this season probably more than any season I've had in my life," he said "I have something to prove."