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Joel McHale used to be much bigger. When he was a college football player, the host of E!'s 'The Soup' and now 'The Soup Investigates,' Joel says he weighed 250 lbs.

"I was not the willowy frame I am now," Joel tells Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day LA  "You have to be (big), because you might be killed out there."

Joel recalls fondly that he played for one of the great college football coaches of our time -- Don James.  "I was a source of great laughter.  The best night I ever had was on skit night."

When asked what happened to his football career, the former tight end says, "It turned out that I sucked, and when you suck that bad, you get a job at E!"

And that's where you can see him every Wednesday night on his two shows.

Fun Facts About Joel McHale (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, television personality, and voice artist. He is best known for hosting The Soup and for his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy series Community.

2) McHale's role as a voice actor includes Elliot in Open Season 2, filling in for Ashton Kutcher. He also appeared in Spider-Man 2 in a brief appearance as bank manager Mr. Jacks, CSI: Miami as Greg Welsh, and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World as Wilbur Wilson.

3) McHale was part of the Almost Live! cast, a local sketch-comedy TV show produced by Seattle's KING-TV (Channel 5). From 1993 until 1997, McHale was a member of the improv comedy group at Unexpected Productions, participating in Theatersports! at the Market Theater located in Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.

4) After earning his master's degree in acting, McHale moved to Los Angeles and landed small roles in Oliver Beene, CSI: Miami, and Will & Grace. He played a TV reporter in the biopic Lords of Dogtown. He guest-starred as a cast member on the NBC improv comedy show Thank God You're Here during the pilot episode and had a guest role on an episode of Pushing Daisies. McHale also appeared in Spider-Man 2 in a small role as Mr. Jacks, a bank manager.

‘The Soup Investigates' airs Wednesday night at 10:30pm, right after ‘The Soup.'

Follow Joel on Twitter:@joelmchale

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