John Rhode is 'The Biggest Loser'by jmaloni
Former NFL player Antone Davis is runner-up, and Jennifer Rumple, a 39-year-old TV producer, wins "at home" prize of $100,000
John Rhode, a 41-year-old special education teacher and football coach from Mesa, Ariz., became "The Biggest Loser" and won $250,000 at Tuesday's live season finale of NBC's series. Rhode began season 12 weighing 445 lbs. and lost 220 lbs. He weighed in at finale at 225 lbs. and lost 49.44 percent of his body weight.
Contestants were divided by age for this season's "Battle of the Ages" theme: the youngest players - all under 30, the middle players - ages 30-49, and the older players - ages 50 and over.
The runner-up among the three finalists was Antone Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.), a 44-year-old restaurant manager and former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. He began the show at 447 pounds and weighed 245 lbs. at the finale. Davis lost 202 pounds and 45.19 percent of his body weight. Coming in third place was Ramon Medeiros, a 27-year-old tattoo artist from Florence, Colo., who lost 154 lbs. and 43.38 percent of his body weight. He started the show at 355 lbs. and weighed 201 lbs. at finale.
The winner of this season's $100,000 "at home" prize among eliminated contestants went to 39-year-old Jennifer Rumple, a television producer from Alameda, Calif. She started the show at 330 lbs. and ended at 185 lbs. Rumple lost 145 lbs. and 43.94 percent of her body weight.
In addition to seeing a special performance by Grammy-winning band Train singing "The Biggest Loser" theme song "Brand New Book," finale viewers also got to see a sneak preview of season 13 of "The Biggest Loser," which will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 3 (8-10 p.m.), 2012.