Knoxville resident Antone Davis came in second on the season finale of "The Biggest Loser" on Tuesday night.
For the former University of Tennessee Vols football player, it was the end of a very long journey.
Davis started at 447 pounds, losing 202 pounds by the season finale.
For weeks he has been in Knoxville, working out up to eight hours a day, five to six days a week.
His plan to shed the pounds also included making smarter eating choices, and he counted calories.
When he started taping "The Biggest Loser" months ago, he was nearly 450 pounds. Near the end of the televised portion of the series, he was under 300 pounds, which was the lightest he has been for decades.
"When you are an athlete and you are challenged to do something, you want to try it. You want to win," he said. "Weight loss was something I tried and tried and tried (to master), but I was not attacking the full problem."
Home health care employee Joe Mitchell of Knoxville was also a contestant this season.
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