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Originally published Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 8:04 PM

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Where are they now: Patrick Kerney

After retirement, Patrick Kerney moved to New York to attend business school at Columbia, and married former KING-5 sports anchor Lisa Gangel.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Patrick Kerney is down to 240 pounds, a good 30 pounds under his fighting weight as a defensive end with the Seahawks.

"No more force feeding," he said.

During 11 NFL seasons, his body was his business. He used a portable hyperbaric chamber, and slept under a silver-lined sheet that plugged into an electrical outlet to help his body recover.

Now his business is more literal because that's what he's studying: business. Kerney, who retired last spring, is completing his first semester at Columbia as he pursues an MBA, which means he's up to his neck in accounting, statistics and marketing.

He's like most first-year business students, which means he's not exactly glad he's there, but one day he'll be really happy he went.

"The rewards right now are pretty minimal," he said of returning to school.

The payoff is down the road. Kerney, 33, plans to start a business that advises professional athletes on their finances.

Kerney suffered a shoulder injury during Seattle's playoff victory over Washington after the 2007 season, reinjured that same shoulder in 2008 and underwent elbow surgery after the '09 season.

He had 24.5 sacks in three seasons as a Seahawk, finished with 82.5 in an NFL career that was quite unexpected, considering he first went to the University of Virginia on a lacrosse scholarship.

He was married this year, wed to Lisa Gangel, the former KING-5 sports anchor who will start working full-time for the MLB Network in January. They live in New York, where Kerney has another year and a half remaining in business school.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

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