It seems pretty sacrilegious for a Green Bay Packers’ star to swear off eating cheese, but that’s what Aaron Rodgers is doing.
The 32-year-old quarterback has decided to eliminate dairy products from his diet.
Of course, this is not a taste decision (how could it be?). It’s a health decision.
Rodgers, who looks leaner this summer, told ESPN.com about the dietary move.
“I just wanted to get healthier,” Rodgers said. “I’ve done a lot of research and talked with Adam Korzun, our [team] nutritionist, and some other friends around the league about how I can extend my career and how I can be and feel healthier.”
Rodgers, who is eating “more of a vegan diet with some red meat at times and some chicken” and “mostly vegetables,” has been influenced by New England Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady, who’s a pretty big health nut and has remained unusually healthy as he nears 40.
The All-Pro quarterback is at the lightest weight he’s been at since he entered the league from Cal.
Rodgers currently weighs 218 pounds; he came into the NFL at just under 217 pounds.
At his heaviest, Rodgers weighed 230 pounds.
After knee surgery in January, Rodgers decided to get slimmer.
“Through your eating, you can reduce inflammation because if you do research, you learn the different foods you eat can actually increase the inflammation in your body and especially in certain parts of your body,” Rodgers said. “And with a knee condition I’ve had a long time, it really started after the surgery, thinking about exactly what I’m going to eat the first couple of weeks after surgery to kind of limit the amount of inflammation in my knee and carried that around the rest of the offseason.”
Rodgers isn’t the only Green Bay Packer to shed some weight this offseason. Former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has lost a lot, too, at the request of head coach Mike McCarthy.