Foster's Vegan Announcement Adds to Texans' Quirkiness

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We've all known Arian Foster to be a rather unique guy. He's a bit of a philosopher and poet. He tweets about eastern religion and plays random pickup basketball games with fellow Houstonians. Then, on Thursday, there was the above Tweet announcing he'd gone vegan. He's even trying to persuade offensive tackle Duane Brown to join him.

Some praised his decision, while others worried about his ability to play football without steak -- Hakeem Olajuwon played some of the best playoff basketball ever without eating or drinking anything during the day as part of his religious faith, so I'm guessing Foster will survive -- including a retort from someone known as "TeaBagn&ThroatGagn." Okay.

But what this underscores is how unique this particular group of young Texan players is. Connor Barwin has become a regular fixture on the Houston music scene, even covering Summerfest for us here at the Press. I saw him in a dashiki and cropped pants at a concert at Discovery Green a few weeks ago myself.

On the field, guys like Brian Cushing get bloody noses from head-butting opposing players without a helmet. Last year, one linebacker even tackled a guy on a kickoff return head first after losing his helmet. This is all without mentioning the post-sack, ninja-like antics of Antonio Smith.

Even the coaching staff has their moments. Wade Phillips showed up at a local sports radio remote and agreed to get a fade haircut if the team wins a title.

But all the oddities serve to only endear fans to the team more than they already have with their play on the field last year, which is a reminder to teams that fans love characters assuming they aren't of the girlfriend-beating, drug-using variety. Some of the great players in NFL (and any other sport) history were fascinating on and off the field and it created a mystique around them that was beloved by avid followers of the game.

Another...cough cough...local pro sports team...cough cough...who plays at Toyota Center...cough cough...could learn a lesson from this, but I digress.

Regardless of how you feel about Foster's decision to give up meat and dairy, you gotta love a guy who is that open with fans and that interesting to follow.

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David Houston
David Houston

 An observation is that Vegan's have a curious unhealthy pallor (anemia?) about them, how are your teeth fairing up, lost any lately? How are those transverse ridges in your upper incisors fairing with your Vegan diet and obvious dietary deficiencies. And your hair, is it thinning/falling out? Getting enough Iron and B12 are you? Are your monthly cycles still regular? Seriously take a good look at yourself, the whole package, and really ask yourself if you are really in 'better shape'. Better still ask your Doctor.

David Houston
David Houston

Muscle mass goes same as fat, do your homework. Again the energy comes from the supplements you are taking, not the reduced diet you now eat. B-100 gives the very same affect even if you were eating meat... Hence that's why some busy people (not me) use 5-hr energy drinks to get 'energy' (which is only the same as a single B-100 complex tablet.) In short, it's your supplements... If want to be scientific about it, think about the vegetables you are eating, and figure out (google or whatever) the real energy values that come from them and in the portions you are eating. Some crucial vitamins and needed fats, are missing from your diet and must be supplemented, and that's where your 'extra energy' is coming from. An observation is that Vegan's have a curious unhealthy pallor (anemia?) about them, how are your teeth fairing up, lost any lately? How are those transverse ridges in your upper incisors fairing with your Vegan diet and obvious dietary deficiencies. And your hair, is it thinning/falling out? Getting enough Iron and B12 are you? Are your monthly cycles still regular? Seriously take a good look at yourself, the whole package, and really ask yourself if you are really in 'better shape'. Better still ask your Doctor.

KING
KING

His stock just dropped to 2nd-rounder in my fantasy draft next month.

Jeff
Jeff

Interesting thoughts. I'm guessing, given his importance to the team, he's being monitored by nutritionists and the like. There have been a handful of vegan athletes including Robert Parrish, so I doubt Foster is just going about this whole thing willy nilly.

Space
Space

" I'm doubtful.  Muscle mass will be lost. " in other words: "I don't know, but I'm just going to pretend that I know and make stuff up"Your messages are worthless.The very existence of vegan bodybuilders proves that you're lying.You should be learning about veganism, not writing about it. 

Guest
Guest

Congrats Arian for making the change. There are hundreds of famous top level athletes -even Olympians- who are vegetarian or vegan. “Olympian of the Century” track star Carl Lewis, tennis champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, cricket star Anil Kumble, Mr. International bodybuilder Andreas Cahling, Heisman trophy winner Desmond Howard, Debbie Lawrence Olympic race-walker, four time Mr. Universe Bill Pearl, 4-time Olympic gold medalist Al Oerter, WBC World Middleweight Champion Keith Holmes, double Olympic Gold medalist in hurdles Edwin Moses, and Dave Scott, six-time Ironman triathlon winner, to name but a few. And finally, two-time winner of the most grueling ultra-marathon on earth is vegan Scott Jurek. Starting in Badwater in Death Valley and stretching 135 miles, it is known as “the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet covering 135 miles, nonstop, from Badwater to the trailhead of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the Lower 48. “Ultra” because this race is five marathons back-to-back with another three miles tacked on to the end.” “The several time winner? Vegan competior Scott Jurek. On his journey towards optimal health, Scott began transitioning to a vegetarian whole foods diet in 1997, while competing in several ultra trail races per year. In 1999, he adopted a vegan diet out of further health and environmental concerns. Scott continues to fuel his body on completely vegan diet while competing in 10-12 ultra-marathons per year in addition to his rigorous training schedule. All seven of his consecutive wins at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run were performed on vegan fuel.”

Sammy
Sammy

Also... http://www.tierversuchsgegner.org/wiki/index.php?title=Taxonomy. There is controversy over whether we are suited to actually eat meat or not. So that isn't a valid argument until its proven as a undeniable fact. And look up vegan athletes and body builders. You will be surprised. I am also a vegan athlete and I have put on ore muscle on a vegan diet than I did as an omnivore.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

no the Texans should force him to eat meat....stupid ass flaky mofo

David Houston
David Houston

Less evolved creatures (at least on human terms, you made the comparison between Gorillas and Humans, not me).... You're just being a troll with your troll-like idiocy.  Have a nice day.

gary
gary

"lesser creature"?  hmmm...that's your opinion....

David Houston
David Houston

Wrong on all counts.  Gorillas are not (normally) evolved to eat meat, they do not have canine teeth or a digestive system that could process it, although some ape species in extreme environments have evolved to being carnivores (as we have).  Next you'll be arguing that cows don't eat meat also... Unlike cows we obviously don't have the body systems to process grass. LOL Bananas oddly enough are full of Potassium and should be eaten by everyone besides the lesser primates....  What you eat is built into your genetic development, and perhaps even your blood group (as some claim) hints at the diet you are accustomed to, since it points to where your ancestors originated and what your ancestors ate over the past 10,000+ years.  Moral of the story is, it is a waste of time comparing the human digestive system, and the dietary needs of a human being to that of a lesser creature, which is accustomed to a lesser diet (in order) to prove why you choose to be a Vegan. A gorilla, after all, does not require to supplement his diet with some bottles of pills he bought at Walgreens... Oh yeh, have a banana...

gary
gary

Gorrilas don't eat meat and they have serious muscle mass i would say....

David Houston
David Houston

I trust you are also supplementing your diet with daily vitamins?  I won't quibble, but it may in fact be the vitamin supplements mostly which are giving you that 'energy'.  A single daily B-100 complex tablet is probably adequate for most people, which gives the same effect whatever your diet is, and which is a must since plant foods don't contain significant amounts of B12 (you know doubt know this already).  I'm sure the vegetables give you most/all of the other things your body needs.  Well done if you can manage that life style.

David Houston
David Houston

Great if he can pull it off, but can you maintain bulk without meat and dairy products?  I'm doubtful.  Muscle mass will be lost.  I know this from my running and diet, sure it gets you lean to subsist on something other than meat and dairy, but you will lose muscle as well as fat.  Although I could (and have done) probably survive on  baked potatoes & broccoli, and a cereal for breakfast (requires milk obviously) to get me going, or oatmeal made with water, which made me leaner without too much sudden change to my built muscle, although I shed a lot of weight around my midriff.  On a positive note, this dietary change is good for any sportsman who has built himself up, because it soon turns to fat when you get to that age when the exercise levels decline, but the food intake doesn't - look at almost any rolly-polly sportscaster....  We all have to be a bit more 'conscious' of what and what quantities of food we are eating, for religious reasons, health reasons, or just personal choice.  Just too easy for a fast fix on the grill, and don't get me wrong I love steak!  Guess that's why 75% of Americans are overweight, or so it is claimed anyway...

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill

I'm telling you right now, he won't stick to it. You can't maintain that strength with the tremendous reduction in protein that goes with vegan. I just wish they'd announce it when he DOES go off it, but that won't be news.

Andrew Shrewsbury
Andrew Shrewsbury

Carl lewis was on sterioids and I seent a hippo eat a baby giraffe whole. Your arguments are invalid.

Mary Miller
Mary Miller

If you think being vegan/vegetarian will lead you to being malnourished, think again. Would you say elephants and hippos are malnourished?

Craig Wilkins
Craig Wilkins

Carl Lewis is vegan and was vegan in the 80s when he pretty much killed everyone in every event at The Olympics. I think Adrian will do just fine.

Andrew Shrewsbury
Andrew Shrewsbury

how the f is he supposed to play football if he's malnourished?

Edee Edith
Edee Edith

What about it?? So lame for anyone to have an actual opinion of his eating habits.

David Houston
David Houston

(Gary/Space/Hippy), if you must paraphrase me, try and get it right and show the entire sentences "...can you maintain bulk without meat and dairy products?  I'm doubtful.  Muscle mass will be lost." Your ad hominem's in place of scientific evidence are very child-like. Run along now troll. Won't be responding to you. BTW, I have no interest in learning about Veganism, I enjoy meat & dairy products, I understand & take care of my nutrition and dietary needs, and play sports, so why should I want to know about Veganism? I'm not a hippy.

David Houston
David Houston

I'm a former athlete who still trains heavily, I know enough, backed up with a relevant degree, about nutrition to make comments.  You on the other hand don't have a clue. You are just talking utter nonsense in your various identities.  You clearly know nothing about the topic.  Any 'diet' will cause muscle mass to diminish, that's a fact. Come back when you have a relevant degree and play any sport to at least a semi-pro level...

David Houston
David Houston

Runners and hurdlers don't need bulk, AND THEY GENERALLY DON'T BULK UP AS A RULE, try and learn something about the different types of sports and the DIETARY needs of the athlete's body in relation to his/her sport, before you insult the rest of us with any more of your comments. Again runners and walkers, which you seem to dwell on, don't bulk up, try to stay skinny as a rake, and do their utmost not to body build! BTW, liking your own post in other ID's doesn't really count...

David Houston
David Houston

That is complete and utter unscientific garbage. I don't look at any website with interent half-truth's and unscientific opinions as 'evidence'. Next you'll point us to a wiki article, lol. That's okay though since I know otherwise, the day that the human being evolves to the point where he doesn't have to supplement his/her diet, or in fact any mammal evolves to the point of not requiring to be suckled at its mother's tit, then your argument becomes valid, but that's not going to happen and you are talking bull anyway. I see you are yet another anonymous poster who lacks the guts to put a real ID behind his comments that you claim are facts. Funny that all these Vegan's (same idiot no doubt) feel they have to remain anonymous...

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