Jets coach Rex Ryan has weight-loss surgery

Jets coach Rex Ryan underwent a weight-loss procedure Saturday

to help him fight obesity.

The husky Ryan had lap-band surgery at NYU Medical Center, and

was relaxing at his home in New Jersey on Saturday night, team

spokesman Bruce Speight told The Associated Press.

Speight said Ryan also had a hernia repaired.

The New York Daily News first reported the story on its Web site

Sunday morning.

The outpatient procedure came a day after Ryan and the Jets

wined and dined free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson, trying

to persuade him to join the team that had the league’s No. 1

rushing offense last season.

The 47-year-old Ryan has frequently poked fun at himself and his

rotund midsection, including after unflattering belly bearing

photos of him changing into a jersey during a Florida-Carolina NHL

game last month floated around the Internet.

“I’m watching ESPN and I’m like, ‘Whoa, that’s not a real good

shot,”’ Ryan said during the NFL combine. “I mean, don’t get me

wrong, I get hit on all the time by women.”

Ryan also partially blamed his weight for him not getting a head

coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons after the 2007 season. He

thought he was a shoo-in for the job that eventually went to friend

and former Baltimore Ravens colleague Mike Smith.

“I think I was too fat,” Ryan said with a laugh in

December.

Ryan weighed 340 pounds at the start of last season, gaining at

least 30 pounds after he was hired by the Jets in January 2009. He

even tried a liquid diet during training camp and lost 20 pounds,

but quickly gained it right back.

In a lap-band procedure, a plastic band is inserted that

encircles a patient’s stomach, effectively shrinking it and curbing

their appetite.