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Vegan Athletes Taking Over The News!

July 9, 2012

Aside from the ever-present endurance athletes like Brendan Brazier, Scott Jurek, and Rich Roll, I usually have to dig and search for news about plant-based athletes in mainstream sports, but this weekend was very, very different.  First, Serena Williams (supposedly following a raw vegan diet) wins Wimbledon singles and then wins doubles with her also supposedly raw vegan sister, Venus.  Pretty big deal.


And then, NFL running back Arian Foster announces he’s gone vegan (although only for a week so far).  It’ll be really interesting to see what happens with his performance this year – I’m betting he’ll be quicker, faster, and able to recover more quickly from each game, but you never know in the NFL.  Not surprisingly, he’s been receiving a whole lot of backlash from fans and writers about this diet change – will he go soft now that he doesn’t have “muscle-building” meat in his system?  Has everyone forgotten that Tony Gonzalez, the most prolific Tight End ever to play the game and famous for going over the middle, has been vegan for years?  Here’s what I’m wondering – If Foster comes back and puts up huge numbers this season, will other skill players follow suit?  Will we see Larry Fitzgerald drinking a green smoothie during a postgame interview?   Only time will tell.  What do you think?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Angela permalink
    July 9, 2012 10:38 am

    thanks for featuring these amazing athletes. I’m only concerned about your use of the word “supposedly” when referring to the Williams sisters. Maybe it is just me but this word implies some lack of faith or belief in their sincerity. These two women have shown themselves to be very straightforward and honest in their lives, and I think there is no “supposedly” about it. Regardless… it’s an amazing time to be eating a diet exclusively plant-based.

    • July 9, 2012 11:00 am

      I just used the word supposedly for the sake of accuracy because I’m not entirely sure they have completely stuck to the diet. I know they went raw vegan several months ago, but I haven’t heard them say anything about it recently. I hope they’re still on it and that Serena or Venus will say something about it during their interviews over the coming weeks.

  2. July 9, 2012 2:47 pm

    Great story, thanks for sharing!! Love Venus and Serena, so happy to hear they have gone vegan!

  3. John permalink
    August 19, 2012 9:49 pm

    Arian also does hot yoga:

    Seems like a good dude.

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