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9 superstar athletes who don't eat meat

By: Brian Merchant on March 5, 2013, 4:17 p.m.
Quarterback Joe Namath of the LA Rams smiles during a game at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in 1997

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Joe Namath

The legendary quarterback Joe Namath is probably the most famous vegetarian football player. Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1985, he was also one of the best players, period. In his words, "I have been a vegetarian for a few years. Fred Dryer of the Rams has been one for 10 years. It shows you don't need meat to play football." Namath serves as a role model for aspiring gridironers everywhere.