Go ahead and do a double-take: another NFL player has embraced a vegan diet.
Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans, announced over Twitter recently that he made the switch — and is already seeing benefits.
"Officially a vegan now," he wrote. "We'll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful."
Foster, a Pro-Bowler who recently signed a reported $43.5 million contract with the Texans, immediately caused a storm online over his decision, prompting him to follow up with this bit:
"People feel so strong about meat and milk," he tweeted. "I wish they felt this strong about peace."
The 25-year-old's move to veganism comes on the heels of Seattle Seahawks guard Deuce Lutui making the same change back in May.
“If you were to go to my house and open up the fridge, you’d see all-vegan, all-natural products," he says. "I’m glad I’ve educated myself about what’s going in my mouth. I’ve educated myself, and that’s what’s causing my fitness and how I’ve really taken care of myself physically. And it’s also taken a toll on me mentally, just to really be disciplined.”
Lutui and Foster join other former and current vegan/vegetarian NFL players including Ricky Williams, Tony Fiammetta and Tony Gonzalez. To learn more about the protein myth — and how a plant-based diet works well for performance in professional sports — read this explanation by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.