Penn Can’t Shake The Fat HatersMay 28th, 2013
What’s next in the fat assault on Donald Penn?
Will a major newspaper accuse him, via a hidden source, of wearing a rubber shirt at practice to somehow lose up to 30 pounds at a clip? Oh, wait, the Tampa Bay Times did that last year.
What about the GM sharing disgust of Penn’s body? That’s old news.
Yesterday, PewterReport.com Bucs beat writer Mark Cook used an anonymous-source assault on Penn’s fitness only to revise/fix his story to reflect that Penn did, in fact, meet all the weigh-in requirements assigned him by the Buccaneers in 2012.
This, and fans ripping Penn for his weight, makes Joe shake his head. Penn has made 92 consecutive starts and at worst is an above-average left tackle. It’s sad that he’s been targeted by fat haters. Just last week, offensive line coach/guru Bob Bostad praised Penn and called him a “rock.”
So a damn good left tackle has been known to attack buffets like he does defensive ends. Big freakin’ deal. There’s a reason they call these guys “hogs.” They’re not supposed to be chiseled. Fat is ok as long as it doesn’t hinder productivity.
The Bucs invested tens of millions of dollars into Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks, who is rather Penn-like in his approach to fitness. There is no evidence Penn’s waistline has gotten in his way.
Joe will now wait to see what hit comes Penn’s way next. Perhaps TMZ will catch him eating butter with a spoon.