Cheer on Fort Wayne's Mike Danley as This Season’s Biggest Loser Show Kicks Off

By Scott Sarvay

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 6:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES/ FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A Snider High School assistant football coach and teacher makes his television debut Tuesday night on the season premiere of NBC’s "the Biggest Loser."

Starting at 8 PM on NBC 33, you'll see Mike Danley compete for the $250,000 grand prize and the coveted "Biggest Loser" title.

When filming began this summer, Danley tipped the scales at 309 pounds.

Since then Danley says he's 'lost' his junk food habits and 'gained' a daily exercise routine.

Danley says, “Losing weight, period, has increased my ability to focus, increased my energy level, increased my stamina. I'm doing things now that I haven't done in years. It's just been a life changing experience."

The 62-year-old says he's proud to set a better example for the football team at Snider High School and looks forward to spending a longer, healthier life with his wife.

Mike is the younger of two brothers, and said he has always been big, but has gained the most weight in the last 10 years. He played varsity football at Western Michigan University where he received a degree in business education, and he later received a master's degree in secondary education from Indiana University. He has been a teacher and coach for the past 39 years.

And you can catch all of Season 12’s action Tuesday at 8 PM, on NBC 33.

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