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Gridiron to Iron Body
Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
October 20, 1997
When Butch Johnson, 43, a receiver with the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos from 1976 to '85, competes in Saturday's Ironman Triathlon World Championship (2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run) in Hawaii, he'll take part in "probably the hardest thing I've ever had to endure." From a man who survived Tom Landry's minicamps, those are strong words. Here's how the 6'1" Johnson's recent workouts and measurements compare with those during his NFL career.
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October 20, 1997

Gridiron To Iron Body

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Bike riding

Football: Off and on before the season, 25 miles a day
Ironman: 4-5 days a week, 40-80 miles a day

"I used to ride more for relaxation, but now it's a necessity. I try to ride one day a week for five or six hours. That hurts."


Football: 31-32 inches
Ironman: 28-29 inches

"That's the swimming right there."


Football: 187 lbs.
Ironman: 187 lbs.

"I feel good knowing I weigh the same now as I did 20 years ago."

Body fat

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