Running On New Fuel

IRVING, Tex. - For Dallas Cowboys fullback Deon Anderson, the 2010 season represents something of a rebirth.

Entering his fourth NFL season, Anderson said has a new, more mature outlook. For years, he got by on sheer strength and athletic ability, but after the 2009 season, Anderson decided it was time to rebuild his physique.

"I had to change up what I ate," Anderson said. "I used to eat anything and everything — donuts every day, pizza, McDonald's. I'd have two McGriddles for breakfast almost every day. I'd have two double cheeseburgers and a pie for dinner. I'd eat late, too."

Anderson said that looking back, he was surprised he made the team when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Connecticut.

"Remember how big I was?" Anderson asked. "I was 263 pounds as a rookie. I thought I was strong, but that's a lot of weight."

The 5-foot-10 Anderson now is listed on the Dallas roster at 246 pounds, a number Anderson said is a little generous; Anderson said the last time he weighed in, he tipped the scales at 243.

"It was hard to change" what he ate, Anderson said. "But the harder part was changing when I ate. I used to eat late — really late. That sits with you, so I was carrying a lot of weight I didn't need to. Now I never eat after 7 p.m., and it made a difference."

Anderson said he also has increased his offseason workouts under the guidance of Dallas strength and conditioning coach Joe Juraszek, and said the work is paying off.

"I've even got abs coming in a little now," Anderson said, laughing, "and I don't think I've had abs since I was about 10 years old. Now I've got abs, delts, traps … I almost look like an athlete now."

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