Mount Okam Checks In At 370 PoundsAugust 29th, 2011
What is it about the behomoths of the NFL that causes fans, broadcasters and coaches to fall in love with them?
Joe’s not sure. Maybe it’s just the sheer awesomeness of men checking in at 325+ and still being gifted athletes, a completely foreign concept to the average Joe on the street.
So in what is sure to further fuel his exploding popularity, Frank “Mount” Okam is tearing up offensive linemen while weighing in at a relatively lean 370 pounds, so Raheem Morris said with a big grin at his news conference this afternoon.
Yes, that’s 370 pounds.
“Some days he’s 370, man, he’s huge,” Raheem said after a reporter questioned Raheem’s claim of Okam’s weight.
Raheem went on to relay a story of how Okam contacted the Bucs’ training staff to let them know he was reporting at 370 pounds this season. Raheem was concerned, he said, but after he and staff studied Okam’s body, they decided he was fit for duty.
“He’s just a big man. He doesn’t get tired. Man, I don’t know. He’s one of those guys. ‘Is he out of shape?’ Then you look at him and you’re like, ‘No. No. He just looks like a refrigerator.’
“There’s no stomach. Look at him. … He’s not fat. He’s just big.”
Like defensive line coach Keith Millard told Joe the other night, Raheem praised Okam’s ability at nose tackle and at the 3-technique. “He’s a space-eater, a penetrator, a problem,” Raheem said.
Joe chatted with Mount Okam after the Dolphins game Saturday, and Okam doesn’t want to be typecast as just a nose tackle.
“I’m a football player. I’m a defensive tackle. Whatever they need me to be, I can be. I think that’s one of my strengths. I don’t want anyone to put me in a box. … I have a high standard for myself wherever they put me,” Okam said.
It’s interesting. And Joe’s not sure what kid of “box” would fit Mount Okam anyway.
Raheem wears a massive grin when talking about Mount Okam and his size combined with his effectiveness. Buccaneers Radio Network reporter T.J. Rives was cracking jokes with Mount Okam after he talked about successfully flipping his hips on the defensive line.
Everybody loves the big guy.
And at 370, Mount Okam has an opportunity to become the most popular Buccaneer on the defensive side of the ball, and score himself a massive contract when he hits the unrestricted free agent market next year. All he has to do is keep producing.