THERE ARE no vegetarians in the NFL, but there is Chidi Ahanotu, the Dolphins defensive end who hasn't tasted red meat or chicken in seven years--a very lean cuisine for a guy who goes 6'2", 285. Ahanotu's staples are vegetables, seafood and soy products, and he alternates between meals rich in carbohydrates and meals rich in proteins. Ahanotu, 34, was a vegan in high school in Berkeley, Calif.--eschewing all animal products, including dairy--before he began eating meat to beef up for football at Cal. Then, in his fifth NFL season, he became a self-described "seafood vegetarian" for "digestive and ethical reasons." He hasn't missed a game in six seasons. "I feel great," says Ahanotu, whose food faves are "crab, sweet potatoes and carrot juice." Still, it isn't easy eating greens in a meat-and-potatoes league. "When you say you're a vegetarian, people think you should look like a marathon runner," Ahanotu says. "Guys tease me and say, 'Man, I saw you last night at a steak house.' Like I'm a closet steak-eater." --A.C.
Table of Contents
Oct. 11, 2004
- What's Next 14
The Month Ahead
- By MALCOLM MCSHANNON III
Passion collides with real and imagined torments during one afflicted man's quest to discover the secret to the game
- LETTERS 13
Based on a survey of 354 players
NFL players--who are getting injured at an alarming rate (page 60)--take you inside their hard-rocked world
Who'll win on Monday night? In a preview, Packers CB Mike McKenzie and Titans LB Keith Bulluck played EA Sports Madden 2005 on Xbox Live.
The number of unbeatens is dropping quickly, and there will be even fewer after these four big Saturday games
A pitcher's cheerleader outfit protected him from a serious gunshot wound
- Go Figure 20
The Ravens' top rusher cops a plea to avoid a trial in his drug case