6 Vegetarian Athletes

Many meat-eaters say they need to eat meat because it helps them get strong. It helps them be physically fit. It helps them through the rigors of a long season. But there have been several athletes who have chosen not to eat meat yet they still excel at their sport. Here are six athletes who chose to be vegetarian and still excelled at their respective sport.

  1. Joe Namath. This NFL hall of famer was one of the best quarterbacks who ever lived and is the most famous vegetarian football player.
  2. Robert Parish. Do you need meat to feed a 7 foot tall basketball player? Apparently not. This NBA hall of famer was a vegetarian while winning championships for the Boston Celtics playing alongside Larry Bird.
  3. Martina Navratilova. She won 18 grand slam singles titles and an additional 31 doubles titles. One of the greatest tennis players of all time was a vegetarian through most of her playing career.
  4. Tony LaRussa. Perhaps best known for being one of the greatest baseball managers of all time. Tony led the A’s in the American League and the Cardinals in the National League to world series championships. Not only is he a great manager, he also did play in the major leagues before his coaching carer.
  5. Bill Pearl. Former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl proved you don’t need to eat meat to have big muscles. He quit eating meat at the age of 39 and won the title of Mr. Universe at the age of 41 two years later.
  6. Carl Lewis. This Olympic champion adopted a vegan diet to prepare for the Word Championships in 1991 and claimed he ran the best meet of his life. He ended up winning 9 gold medals during his career.