Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Becoming Bearable Pooh Bear' Sheds Pounds, Bad Attitude

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Becoming Bearable Pooh Bear' Sheds Pounds, Bad Attitude

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He knows what's bad and what's good, and that's the difference

between then and now for the guy they call "Pooh Bear."

McDonald's. Taco Bell. Burger King. Very, very bad.

What's good? These numbers -- 40-30-30.

And these:

Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Carbohydrates, 36 grams; protein, 28

grams.

Snack: Carbs, 18; protein, 14.

"Those are good numbers for me," Clarence Williams said, smile

on his face. "Very, very good."

The guy Williams calls the new "Pooh Bear" is slimmer, stronger

and mostly, more mature, which the former Florida State

University fullback said he hopes NFL scouts realize as the

April 18-19 draft approaches.

The guy who ballooned to 345 pounds and could see 400 coming

-- and his health and life deteriorating?

The new Pooh Bear said that guy doesn't exist.

"Not anymore," he said.

Which has given what once seemed lost -- his dream of playing

in the NFL -- new hope. Williams, the Times-Union's 1992 Super 24

Player of the Year playing for Crescent City High School, played

three seasons for FSU, never fulfilled expectations, then left

before last season for "personal reasons." One reason, a source

told the Times-Union, was he didn't like his positions coach,

Billy Sexton, but another was his weight.

Williams, who weighed 245-to-250 pounds when he arrived at FSU,

gained weight each season, and weighed 327 when he left in the

summer of 1997. By October, he weighed 345.

"I started thinking about my son [Clarence Jr., also "Pooh

Bear"] and how I wanted to see him grow up," Williams said.

"It's very unhealthy. At the rate I was putting on, I would have

been 400 pounds in a year.

"I knew I had to do something."

He moved to Orlando to work with LGE Sports, a fitness

specialist. The idea was to get in shape -- not only for his

health and son, but because the best way to care for the

littlest Pooh Bear was the NFL. There, trainer Pat Etcheberry

put Williams on the 40-30-30 diet, and it was at LGE that

Williams said he first learned proper eating. Mostly, he got

serious about it.

No more McDonald's. No more Taco Bell.

"I don't miss it -- not a bit," he said, laughing.

"At first, he was kind of slow," Etcheberry said. "I said,

`What are your goals?' He said, `Care for my family.' I said,

`OK, if that's what's important, let's get to work.'"

Etcheberry said Williams was so out of shape at first, he

couldn't work out properly. He started Williams slow, doing far

less running and lifting than with athletes already fit. Then,

he accelerated.

"One day, he made a comment, `I think you're trying to run me

off,'" Etcheberry said. "I told him, `I'm not here to run a

babysitting service.' We worked him, and he responded. …

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