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Ex-Giants Lineman, Bart Oates, Co-Founds NFL Alumni’s Optimal Bowl and Wellness Challenge

January 12th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

On almost a daily basis, we see reports about how poorly ex-NFL players are doing in their retirement. Whether it's dealing with bankruptcy, memory loss or simply being wildly out of shape, it's enough to make any current athlete dread their post-football life. But retired New York Giants lineman Bart Oates wasn't interested in going down with a sinking ship, so he co-founded the NFL Alumni’s Optimal Bowl and Wellness Challenge.

“Recent media reports have portrayed players as helpless victims,” Oates said. “This program is pushing guys to take responsibility for their own wellness.

“We’re not talking about bodybuilding or lifting weights like you did in your 20s when you played ball. This is about optimizing your health in your 50s and 60s.”

The NFL Alumni’s Optimal Bowl and Wellness Challenge is a 60-day competition between two teams, featuring retired NFL athlete's and ex-military veterans, designed at getting these men back in good shape and to take responsibility for their own health and wellness.

The competition officially began on Friday and in addition to Oates, several former New York Giants players joined him, including linebacker Harry Carson, tackle Karl Nelson and running back Ottis Anderson.

“He says I can eat free any time I want, but I’m in it to win it,” Anderson said.

Later this month, a web TV documentary series will feature this competition, with sponsorship money and donations going to benefit multiple youth charities.

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Tags: Bart Oates, Football, Harry Carson, Karl Nelson, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ottis Anderson

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