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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Rucsandra Ĺ.
Rucsandra Ĺ.about a year ago

Interesting and very useful! Thank you for this! Considering the way animals are fed and raised on the big farms providing for the big food store chains, no wonder more and more people become vegetarians or vegans, and pro athletes and trainers like Reid Hall from www.reids-workouts.com understand that high sports performances can be achieved even better without big chunks of meat on one's plate.

New G.
W. C5 years ago

Thank you.

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T6 years ago

Thank you for this info..

Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham6 years ago

thank you for this article

Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham6 years ago

thank you for this article

Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

So cool! :)

Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago

Thanks Jake!~

Pego R.
Pego R6 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 H6 years ago

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