Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Rolling Deep in the Dough

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Jared Fogle
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By Michael Thrasher

Jared Fogle lost more than 200 pounds eating Subway sandwiches 15 years ago. Sharing his story paid off. Today, the spokesman has an estimated net worth of $15 million, according to New York's Daily News.

Fogle weighed in at 425 pounds when he bit into his first Subway sandwich as a student at Indiana University.

He said that his weight and appearance fueled habits that contributed to his obesity and that he shied away from dates and parties that other college students enjoyed.

The business major envisioned himself working at an ad agency or public relations firm but never realized his personal weight-loss journey would double as his career. Since he started losing weight, Subway has been his only employer.


Now Fogle carries a "black card" that allows him to eat at Subway free-of-charge and he flies first class when traveling. Those perks and the money for the 300-plus commercials Fogle has appeared in are money well-spent for Subway, an executive told the Daily News.

Tony Pace, Subway's chief marketing officer, said Fogle is "woven into the fabric of the brand."

Since his first commercial aired, Subway's sales have risen 20 percent.

Prior to actively working to lose weight, Fogle said he frequented a Chinese buffet with the goal of leaving "completely full" and would consume heaping plates of food.

He drank 15 to 20 cans of soda each day and a typical snack was two candy bars.


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vickila12

He did a great thing for the brand and himself. For you "hater"...remember jealousy is a vicious thing and karma will come back to you...give the guy a break.

July 31 2013 at 2:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
h.hughjardon

I just don't like the way I have to walk them through the making of my sandwich. Perhaps if they had a form to fill out with the list of options for meats, vegetables, etc. so I could turn it in, stand back and pick up my sandwich at the end of the counter I might eat their food once in a while.

June 13 2013 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
muffin

It is difficult to believe the harshness and lack of compassion that people are posting. You do not have to like Jared, Subway, or anything about the article. However, why would people ridicule someone they do not know? He is one person who found what worked for him. That he was able to be financially rewarded for his efforts is his business. No one is saying his method would work for anyone/everyone. People have to find what will work for themselves. If you are in the right place at the right time, you may be rewarded for your efforts. If you are not rewarded financially, then hopefully your health is better for your efforts. We should all be more positive and less negative with our posts.

June 12 2013 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grudgrime

I have never eaten a Subway because Jarod was their spokesperson. I don't get it!

June 12 2013 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Subways are constantly training new help that leaves in 5 or 6 days, food is average at best, help is below average, too slow, and obviously don't want a job there, it's not the pay, it's the caliber of the workers which is horrible. I don't go there anymore.

June 12 2013 at 4:34 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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grudgrime

To bad you don't have a nice Subway around you. The stores in my area are nicely staffed with friendly employees who seem to stick around.

June 12 2013 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Jr.

maybe he lost the weight from not drinking 15-20 cans of soda and not from eating at sub way. i guess eating huge plates at a buffet didn't help his weight either. sounds like a fraud to me. taking out the sodas and buffets would make him lose 200 lbs

June 12 2013 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dd1820

"woven into the brand" I think the guy is ANNOYING as hell.............

June 12 2013 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elizabeth

I have had people tell me that he had gastric bypass surgery to lose weight and that it wasn't subway at all. If that did happen then it is false advertisement. Supposedly the doctor that did the surgery admitted to it. Who is right? and Who is Lying?

June 12 2013 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denice

MR. JAMES G. BANKS - IT'S HARD TO TAKE THE RANTINGS OF A MAN SERIOUSLY THAT CAN NOT SPELL CORRECTLY. CONGRATULATIONS TO JARED AND SUBWAY FOR PROVING THAT YOU CAN EAT OUT AND ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT. EVEN McDONALDS AND THE OTHER STORES YOU MENTIONED CAN 'FILL THE BILL' IF WE EXERCISE OUR RIGHT TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES. "It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." (A. Dumbledore)

June 12 2013 at 12:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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basesport

Despite a couple of spelling errors, Mr. James G. Banks makes good points. There are too many issues and unproven claims involving this Jared Creep (yes, Creep, since he is incredibly creepy). Neither Jared nor Subway have "proven" anything. They produce ads, the do not prove things. Ads are exaggerations. Just look at the sandwiches on every ad, then compare that to the real thing. Exaggeration times 1,000. Subway sandwiches look amazing on t.v. and look like Hell in person.

June 12 2013 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Serious Signs

Good for him. Lots of negative comments here are clearly those green with envy. Best of luck, Jared.

June 12 2013 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply