Plant-Powered in the NFL

During both the off-season and their time on the field, NFL players are looking for the best way to get their bodies in top shape while maintaining energy and performance at optimum levels. More and more professional tough guys are realizing that choosing vegan is the way to go—and a few of them just so happen to be PETA friends!

Colin Kaepernick is known for being the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers—and that national anthem controversy. But the reason we like seeing his name in the headlines is this: He made the decision to go vegan for ethical reasons and says that he feels healthier for it.

Brandon Flowers went vegan a little over a year ago, and it changed everything. “Just going vegan, I just got just the history of being a vegan, how to fix your body and everything like that, so I fell in love with it,” he says.

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Griff Whalen has been vegan for more than two years and is sticking with it. He says, “[N]utrition plays a huge part in how quickly you can recover, how hard you can push yourself the next day …. I feel like [following a plant-based diet has] helped me tremendously.”

David Carter, also known as The 300 pound Vegan, may be retired from the NFL, but he’s committed to his cruelty-free lifestyle—and busting myths about vegan strength.

Ricky Williams, the retired running back, may be the man who started it all when he began publicly discussing his choice to leave meat off of his plate. “It changed my game, and it changed my body,” he says. “I had tons of energy.”

Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bündchen, went dairy-free, and their diets are 80 percent plant-based, according to their personal chef. And Brady’s fitness company has begun selling TB12™ Snacks —which are vegan, organic, raw, and gluten-free.

Have these tough NFL athletes inspired you to go vegan?

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