We continue to see different types of diets take off around the professional sports world. Earlier in the year, it was all about the protein-heavy Keto diet.
But for NFL players attempting to last through a grueling 16-game regular season, there’s a new trend taking hold. In Tennessee, that now includes more than a dozen players going full vegan.
“There’s the 15-and-growing number of Tennessee Titans players who set aside those doubts and jumped on a plant-based meal plan, which is a phrase that is a little easier to swallow. Still, it’s a bit of a surprise to catch 250-pound NFL players scavenging through large black bags for extra vegan lunch meals after practice,” ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe noted from Titans camp on Wednesday.
This is certainly taking things to a whole new level. We’ve seen players on other teams utilize a diet called pescetarian, which includes no red meat and only fish as protein. But going completely vegan is something we have not seen a whole lot in the past when it comes to the NFL.
Tom Brady’s vegan diet is by now well known. And his ability to continue playing at a high level into his 40s could have led to this trend taking off.
For Titans players, it’s all about overcoming the view of being a vegan and what it means.
“Overcoming the preconceived notions is the biggest part,” Titans pass rusher Derrick Morgan said. “I was a part of it. I used to believe athletes had to eat meat to maintain play, then I educated myself.”
It’s also something that apparently predates training camp.
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Now that it’s taken on a whole new life of its own with 15-plus players changing their diet habits, it’s going to be interesting to see how this impacts the Titans’ health moving forward.