8 Vegetarian Athletes

Martina Navratilova

She has been a vegetarian for many years. Her record is one of the most impressive in professional sports. She won 18 Grand Slam titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She even won a Wimbledon doubles title at the age of forty-six.


Phil Mickelson

A three-time Master’s champion, and one of the best in the game of golf,  recently he turned vegetarian in order to help combat a condition he has been suffering from called psoriatic arthritis.

Carl Lewis

One of the most celebrated Olympians and most decorated track and field athletes in history. He switched to a meat-free diet, and even became vegan, which he said helped him to one of his best championship experiences.

Joe Namath

He won a Super Bowl and was a fan favorite NFL quarterback. He said of going meat-free, “It shows you don’t need meat to play football.”

Mac Danzig

A vegan mixed martial arts fighter who says not eating meat doesn’t hurt his performance at all. People who compete in mixed martial arts must have a balance of strength, stamina, and agility. They also have body weight requirements to meet in order to compete. If you want to read about the main foods in his vegan diet, read this article. He likes almonds, lentils, and the common beans and rice combination for protein.

Prince Fielder

A professional baseball player who stopped eating meat, he says going vegetarian made him feel better and more energetic.

Brendan Brazier

This triathlete is a vegan and consumes many of his calories from raw foods. When he switched from a meat-based diet, he said he didn’t do it correctly and lost energy, but when he increased the produce his energy stabilized. He has won 50 kilometer running championships.

Robert Cheeke

Vegetarian for over ten years, he has also been body building for eight or more.

NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez is not a full vegetarian, but he did quit eating red meat permanently. He experimented with both vegetarian and vegan diets, before deciding the occasional chicken or fish meal was acceptable.

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New G.
New G.4 years ago

Thank you.

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.4 years ago

Thank you for this info..

Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham4 years ago

thank you for this article

Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham4 years ago

thank you for this article

Joy Jin
Joy Jin4 years ago

So cool! :)

Chris Ray
Chris R.4 years ago

Thanks Jake!~

Pego R.
Pego R.4 years ago


That WAS an interesting, if technical, discussion and rough survey. So many avenues of real research, so few actual studies hitting those points. You would think that sports research would get people interested

Lynda H.
Lynda Hayles4 years ago

Hi Pego!
I came upon this study, which I think is fairly objective. http://www.sportsci.org/jour/0201/cf-e.htm

Pego R.
Pego R.4 years ago

Speaking of which, Has anyone heard of real research, beyond the Klaper study? http://www.vegsource.com/klaper/vegan_study.htm

He is profiling reasons for FTT http://www.beyondveg.com/nicholson-w/hb/hb-interview3d.shtml

But early and long term, issues and their sollutions coducted in the more controlled, immediate parlance of athletisizm, are there any real studies there?