Former NFL Player, Leonard Larramore, Speaks At Kiwanis

Greene Publishing Inc. Photo By Savannah Reams, November 20, 2014 Kiwanis president, Preston Matthews (right), shakes hands with guest speaker Leonard Larramore (center) as Cindy Vees looks on.

Greene Publishing Inc. Photo By Savannah Reams, November 20, 2014
Kiwanis president, Preston Matthews (right), shakes hands with guest speaker Leonard Larramore (center) as Cindy Vees looks on.

Kiwanis met Thursday, Nov. 20, at Shelby’s restaurant where they welcomed guest speaker, Leonard Larramore. Larramore is a former NFL walk-on for the Buffalo Bills and lives in Los Angeles where he runs a fitness company and teaches people how to live a healthy lifestyle. Larramore became passionate about football at an early age.

Playing in the NFL was a dream of mine ever since watching Monday night football with my step father as a child,” said Larramore.

However, shortly after his NFL career, Larramore’s weight increased to over 400 pounds. Larramore received a wake-up call one day while he was standing in a pizza parlor with his son and a friend. Without warning, his heart stopped beating and he collapsed.

I hit the table, turned the table over and I was gone, blacked out,” said Larramore. “A lady looked down at me on the floor and screamed, he’s not breathing. My friend pounded my chest for thirty seconds and I finally gasped for air.”

This incident was a turning point for Larramore. Doctors informed him that his heart was weak, enlarged and they diagnosed him with congestive heart failure. A defibrillator was placed in Larramore’s chest.

As I was sitting in this humbling position in my life, everything was mute,” said Larramore. “All I could do was take inventory of everything I had done in my life to get to where I was.”

The doctors gave Larramore only five years to live. Their diagnosis set Larramore in motion.

“After the doctors told me I had five years to live, I told myself I was going to beat this,” said Larramore. “I decided I was going to turn this around, and in doing so I was going to tell other people and help kids avoid the route I took.”

Larramore continued, “I began to research every way I could change the way I ate, the way I could exercise and began to change my whole lifestyle to add years to my life.”

Larramore lost 150 pounds and is now a successful personal trainer and motivational speaker who advocates for obesity awareness. He pushes for kids to exercise and eat healthy, teaching parents how to lead their children in a healthy lifestyle. For booking inquiries or more information, please contact Cindy Vees at cindyvees@gmail.com.

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