3. Carl Lewis
This famed track star uttered the unforgettable words: “My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.” He was also dubbed “Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated.
5. Mike Tyson
Because of his cameo in ‘The Hangover’, audiences know of pro-boxer Mike Tyson’s affection for furry creatures, namely—tigers. But what they might not know is Tyson, one of the most feared names in Boxing, has a huge heart for all animals, and eats a strict vegan diet.
7. Tony La Russa
Tony La Russa is a five-time Manager of the Year, and conscious about what he puts on his plate. It started in 1977, when his wife watched a documentary on how veal was made. First the couple cut out veal, then red meat, then everything else with a face. The former Cardinals player started his own animal foundation, appropriately called The Animal Rescue Foundation, which rescues and finds homes for abandoned animals.
8. Robert Parish
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Robert Parish is one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History,” and also a lover of four-legged creatures. The former Boston Celtics center fuels his seven-foot-frame with nothing but non-meat nourishment.
9. Dave Scott
This Ironman Word Championship record holder rose to his many victories while eating his veggies and avoiding meat. Scott hung up his running shoes, swim suit and bicycle, only to come out of retirement at age 40 and compete again. Who says vegetarians don’t get enough protein?
10. Billie Jean King
Not only is she a compassionate non-meat eater, but this tennis pro is a powerhouse against sexism in the athletic arena. King won 12 Grand Slam titles and 16 doubles titles, and she infamously beat Wimbeldon champion Bobby Riggs in a Battle of the Sexes match.
12. Desmond Howard
Desmond Howard is a former Heisman Trophy-winner and a Superbowl MVP for the Green Bay Packers, thanks in part, to a diet of greens.
14. Rich Roll
In an article he wrote for the Huffington Post, Roll stated, “Vegetarian men live, on average, 9.5 years longer than their meat-eating counterparts.Vegetarian women live 6.1 years longer. And, fellas, vegan men are less likely to suffer from impotence…” You heard it here, veggies are sexy!
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