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Sportscaster James Brown lost 74 pounds and now looks like a totally different person

For The Win logo For The Win 6/28/2017 Charles Curtis
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Longtime CBS sportscaster James Brown may look a little different to you when you see him on the air for NFL games this fall.

The NFL Today host lost 74 pounds and now looks completely different.

Here's an older photo of the three-time Emmy winner:

And here's what he looks like now:

He told Jason Romano on the Sports Spectrum podcast that it took some motivation from ex-Fox colleague Howie Long to get to where he is (as transcribed by the Washington Post):

"You know, I had been battling this for quite some time," he told Romano. "I would always tease and say when I started doing football . . . [that] I really threw myself into the job. And Howie Long, my colleague at Fox, used to tease with a bunch of his buddies, asking, 'Man, what line did he play on? I mean, he obviously played for somebody.' So I was trying to look the part, until Howie told me I looked like a swollen tick. That was not a good compliment.

"Athletes, don't they engage in - as much of an oxymoron as it is - they engage in negative incentive," Brown said. "And I remember when I was working out - and I had been doing it religiously for a few years, trying to get down - and I came into the studio one Sunday and I was all excited because that week I had lost five pounds. Howie looked at me, he didn't crack a smile, didn't give me a vote of encouragement at all, he said 'That's like taking a cup of water out of the Atlantic Ocean. Talk to me when you've really lost some weight.'"

The 6-foot-5 Brown is down from 292 pounds late last year to around 218.

You can read more about Brown's motivation to lose weight here.

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