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?