Claim to fame: Career Grand Slam winner in tennis; nine-time Wimbledon champion
There must be something about tennis and vegetarianism. Navratilova competed well into her 40s, and claims a plant-based diet played a huge role in her success. She also implied that W-era America might be a little bit worse than communist Czechoslovakia, because Bush was elected. Pretty badass.
Claim to fame: Ultra-endurance athlete
Brendan Brazier is one of those people who does so much that just thinking about him will make you feel horrible about yourself. Sorry. He's a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, started his own line of plant-based products, writes books, etc. etc. etc. All done with plants only.
Claim to fame: Defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears
Carter is a 300lb vegan, and not the Prince Fielder-eating-a-lot-of-Cap'n Crunch kind of vegan. Of course, you could make some kind of joke about the Bears' defense and veganism, but we're WAY above that.
Now, none of this is to say that giving up your burgers will turn you into the next Tony Gonzalez (and gosh, we sure know how many great burgers are out there). So don't go thinking you can quit your day job and become a pro athlete if you quit meat.
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Anthony Schneck is the health editor at Thrillist and has won Wimbledon 0 times. Follow him: @AnthonySchneck.