We're continuing the college football theme for this next CFN. Sorry, but we can't help it. Bucky, CFN's intern, is glued to wall-to-wall bowl coverage on the newsroom television. We were trying to pry him away from watching the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl at press time.
Back to the gridiron, namely Mark Clayton. Lots of words come to mind when you mention the former University of Oklahoma receiver: All-American, Biletnikoff Award finalist, professional football player.
How about "Fatboy"? Never heard that one? Well, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens is serenaded by chants of that disparaging term by his former Sooner teammates, according to The Baltimore Sun.
In an article titled "Ravens' dinner: fast food for thought," reporter Edward Lee reveals that Clayton regularly receives the discouraging words from Chicago Bears receiver Mark Bradley and Cleveland Browns free safety Brodney Pool.
"A lot of my friends from college know how I eat and how the food is fat-like. So they call me 'Fatboy,'" Clayton said. "But I'm the fattest dude with abs."
Clayton, who's reportedly lovin' it at Mickey Ds and hangin' with royalty at B-King, frequents the instant-gratification establishments when he's famished after departing the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md. For Clayton, maybe those reports of Oklahoma being the fast-food capital of America have rubbed off on him.
The Sun reported that Ravens' nutritionist Sue James handed out color-coded menus illustrating the nutritional values of Owings Mills eateries to help players make good off-the-field choices.
"Most of them, especially as they continue playing, are in tuned to it," James said. "But they're a lot like us during the season. They're tired, and they have to work to eat right. Hopefully, I can find something in the menus that they can enjoy but is also healthy."