10 Vegetarian Athletes

From Carmelo Anthony to Mike Tyson, here are famous sports stars who have turned to vegetables

The words ‘professional athlete’ bring to mind toned bodies, strength, endurance... and incredibly large appetites. The average fan would naturally assume that the diets of athletes like Olympian Carl Lewis and slugger Hank Aaron include a lot of meat as a source of protein and bulk for their strong-bodied machines.

But that’s not necessarily true. In fact, more current and former professional athletes than you would think have given up animal proteins and turned to a variety of alternative vegetarian diets instead.

Who, you ask? Carmelo Anthony, New York’s most recent sports star, turns to vegetables when he’s on a diet. Legendary boxer now turned TV host and pigeon-owner Mike Tyson is a recently converted vegan (yes, it’s true!).

Former NBA star Robert Parish chose to chow down on vegetables before slam dunking for the Celtics while two of the greatest female tennis players in history are also both veg-heads. But the list does not end there, and includes multiple hall-of-famers and rising stars alike.

For those of you who are looking for inspiration to follow a meat-free diet and want a famous role model, or for those of you who just want to see who else is on this list, keep reading for more vegetable-loving athletes. 

Click here to see the 10 Vegetarian Athletes Slideshow. 

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Dumbest article i have read in a long time. Going on a vegetable diet to lose weight is not the same as being a vegetarian! And toying around with vegetarianism for a month or two of one's entire career in athletics does not make one a vegetarian athlete. It 's great that people try it--it is a healthy more sustainable way of living in the world. But, being one is a lot different than trying it. And how insulting to have videos of meat prep dishes at the end of the article--does the author of this article or the editor of this section know what vegetarian means?


This noted athlete is a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Not bad and he was for most of his career in bodybuilding.


this is bogus. tony G is not a Vegetarian. he tried for a few weeks and lost to much strength and his preformace droped. he has a book out and recomends eatting meat. also states in his book that he eats meat every day. did this writer do any fact checking?


You are an idiot you do not lose strength from a vegetarian diet. In fact many vegetarian and vegan athletes are stronger and in better shape than non-vegetarian athletes. Check your facts goodolboy, who I would imagine is a fat, redneck, meat-eater.

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