Has he watched a game? (link)
...the raft of health issues that come with being obese, which -- let's face it -- the NFL basically requires most players to be.
Forget the requiring part--most NFL players are obese?
I have always wondered if Gladwell actually knows what he is talking about half the time or if he just strings together interesting stories to reach forced conclusions. He may read sports, but I don't think he watches.