This season it appears that former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross has undergone a similar transformation.
Much like Saturday, six months later he looks nothing like the former man mountain that protected Cam Newton and opened holes for the running game.
Now he wouldn't play the offensive line for a flag football team and works as a reporter for a local radio and television station covering the Panthers. Does he regret it?
"You know how I know I made the right decision?” Gross said. “I haven’t thought once that I did the wrong thing. Not once."