Jared Fogle: They Just Want a Footlong
The current spokesperson (and arguably the most famous) for Subway
restaurants joined John Canzano on The Bald Faced Truth today to talk about his notoriety for being “The Subway Guy
” as well as his personal story and his participation in the American Heart Association’s 10th Annual Heart & Stroke Walk
Who would have thought that an unassuming college student on the verge of morbid obesity would become a world renowned and heralded spokes person for weight loss in just a matter of years. Well that’s what happened when Jared Fogle
used Subway sandwiches to drop 245 pounds in a single year.
Fogle took a moment to speak with Canzano about how he partnered with Subway, “My buddy [in 1998] wrote an article about me in a paper after I lost the 245 pounds eating nothing but Subway sandwiches, I thought it was a pretty cool story; [then] Men’s Health Magazine picked up on it that article then got picked up by the folks at Subway and they asked me to do a test commercial about what I did, just to see what it would do.” The rest is history, as Fogle is now known as “The Subway Guy.”
Fogle also spoke about his infamous pants that were used to illustrate his tremendous weight loss in his early spots for Subway, “They [the pants] normally stay in an undisclosed location, with 24 hour guards. But literally, I have to bring the pants [wherever I speak] because I can stand up there [and speak] until I’m blue in the face and say I used to weigh over 400 pounds and here’s what I did to myself. But when I pull those pants out, it really is an effective visual; especially for the kids.”
Fogle added, “There’s actually talk that the Smithsonian may want them, they’ll probably put them next to [some] Silly Puddy or something [but] we’ll see.”
Fogle even touched on what his fame means to him, “I realize that if people didn’t come up and say things, if weren’t curious, or didn’t want a picture then I wouldn’t have this awesome job that I have. I wouldn’t get the chance to travel around the country and share my story and hopefully try to inspire some other people along the way and do some good for kids.” The American Heart Association’s 10th Annual Heart & Stroke Walk
takes place May 18th.
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to check out Jared Fogle's charity, The Jared Foundation
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