If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me this summer if I’ve seen the Netflix documentary What The Health, well, I’d be approximately 35 cents richer. (Someone should really adjust that adage for inflation.)
Point is, What The Health — a 92-minute dissection of diet and disease — is a buzzy water-cooler subject right now, and that chatter has extended to NFL locker rooms. Cardinals superstar running back David Johnson is a perfect example.
Johnson and his wife, Meaghan, moved to a plant-based diet after binging on What the Health and Forks Over Knives, another Netflix documentary. Johnson is part of a growing trend of professional athletes who are cutting back on or entirely removing meat from their diets.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is probably the league’s poster boy of this movement; a part of his fledgling lifestyle empire is built around meat-free dietary choices. Aaron Rodgers has followed a similar path.
“It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be,” Johnson said, per ESPN.com. “I thought it would definitely be hard just because, as Americans, we’re taught to eat a whole bunch of meat. It’s not even just eating meat, it’s the portions. What I’ve learned is that we’re taught eating like 24 ounces of steak is a manly thing, when really you’re only supposed to eat 8 to 10 as a portion.”
So while you shouldn’t expect the Johnsons to be lining up at Chick-fil-A any time soon, just know that plantmania hasn’t taken full hold on the Arizona Cardinals. Take it away, Uncle Brucie: