Falcons star Alex Mack has become bread-baking expert in quarantine

Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack may not have football, but he is still making that bread — literally.

The six-time Pro Bowler has had an eventful quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has threatened to postpone the 2020 NFL season even as the schedule was released on Thursday night. Mack made the NFL’s All-Decade team in early April and has picked up a serious bread-making hobby.

“To be fair, I’m not fanatical about it, like I’m doing it every day,” Mack, 34, told The Athletic. “But I’ve made a fair amount of bread items.”

The 6-foot-4 311-pound football player began documenting all the bread he was making on social media. According to Mack’s Twitter account, he’s made French bread, a standard loaf, pizza, brioche bread and English muffins for a homemade breakfast sandwich.

It doesn’t look like he’ll be stopping anytime soon, even though Georgia began easing the state’s stay-at-home mandate on April 24.

“I needed flour so I went on Amazon, and I really didn’t pay attention to the size or anything, and I ended up buying a 50-pound bag of flour,” he told the website. “I didn’t realize how much flour 50 pounds was. So now I’m baking bread just to get rid of all the flour.”

 

English Muffin Monday https://t.co/WubfNIwZkF—
Alex Mack (@alexmack51) March 30, 2020

Mack, the Cleveland Browns’ 21st-overall pick in 2009, said it takes “a fair amount of grip strength that’s required to do the kneading, folding and that stuff.” And Mack is usually in his makeshift gym in his garage while he waits for his dough to rise.

“It usually works out that I have two good hours to get a workout in between steps, before I circle back [to the bread],” he said.

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