Eight NFL Players Who Refuse to Eat Meat

In rapidly growing numbers, NFL players are rejecting meat, dairy, and eggs in favor of nutritious plant-based foods. Many athletes even say eating vegan decreases their recovery time and improves their overall performance.

Here are eight NFL players who don’t eat meat:

1. Colin Kaepernick


Social justice activist and former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick went vegan back in 2016.

2. Tom Brady


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, enjoy a mostly vegan lifestyle. Brady has even partnered with plant-based meal-delivery service Purple Carrot.

3. Derrick Morgan


Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan and his wife, Charity, went plant-based in 2017 after learning about the many benefits. Their decision has since inspired many other Titans to move away from animal products.

4. Brian Orakpo


Former NFL player Brian Orakpo has credited plant-based food with boosting his athletic abilities.

5. DaQuan Jones


DaQuan Jones was inspired by his Tennessee Titans teammates to go plant-based!

6. Wesley Woodyard


After Wesley Woodyard joined many of his teammates in choosing plant-based food in 2017, the Titans made it to the playoffs for the first time in a decade!

7. David Carter


Former lineman David Carter was one of the first NFL players to go vegan while still playing, back in 2014. Now he advocates a plant-based lifestyle!

8. Brandon Flowers


After choosing plant-based eating in 2015, the cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs stated: “You don’t just cut out the taste of having a hamburger. They have vegan hamburgers that taste like hamburgers you know, so why not go with that instead of putting the meat of an animal inside your body.”

These NFL players join a long list of athletes who’ve reaped the benefits of plant-based food, including NBA star JaVale McGee, bodybuilder and strongman competitor Patrik Baboumian, and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.

Eating plant-based foods isn’t just great for your health; it also protects the planet and spares farmed animals a lifetime of suffering. Start your plant-based journey by downloading a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide, and check out our Pinterest page for thousands of recipes!
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