Knoxville's Antone Davis wraps up 'Biggest Loser' stint

"The Biggest Loser" finalist Antone Davis.
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"The Biggest Loser" finalist Antone Davis. Trae Patton/NBC

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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Comments » 9

MerrieLong writes:

Weigh to go!

BrassMonkey writes:

Biggest win for the Vols of the year was 2nd place by this former player. Basketball or Football have finished first the Biggest Losers in 2011.

Aerosailor writes:

Outstanding! Great work and good luck for the fuure. Great example of what is possible with the right coaching and of course funds for great facilities! LOL

debgiuffre writes:

Antone, your drive and determination inspired me to take action. Congratulations to you and the other Tenneseeans that were contestants in the show.

ralphatchley#228656 writes:

Great job Antone. We are very proud
of you and your family. All of Clermont
was watching. Hope the next part of your
life is as successful.

delrose26#208829 writes:

Antone was a very inspirational contestant and person. I appreciate that, and am inspired.

Olcrow writes:

Good job Antone,you are the man!

tombo7 writes:

Soooo tired of this story. Gone on for weeks now.

rockypop writes:

Only in this context can it be a compliment that you are now half the man you used to be. Outstanding.

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