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Antone was born in Fort Valley, Georgia and grew up the youngest of eight children. He didn't start gaining weight until he was 15 years old, and at that point, he was 6'5" and weighed 305 pounds. He graduated high school weighing 349 pounds. But the weight was more of a blessing than a curse, as it led to a college scholarship to play football at the University of Tennessee, where he received a bachelor's degree in urban studies. After college, he played offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons from 1991 - 1997. Now 44 years old and 447 pounds, the married father of four suffers from high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Feeling like he was slowly dying and not doing anything to help himself, Antone auditioned for "The Biggest Loser" so he could finally lose the weight and live a long, healthy life with his family. He has seen friends and former players who have died due to health problems and knows he could meet the same fate if he doesn't make dramatic changes in his life. Once he loses the weight, Antone looks forward to being more active with his two daughters and two sons and taking them on rollercoaster rides.