Cam Newton is a quarterback, playing American football in the USA’s NFL for the New England Patriots. He’s become established as one of the players of his generation with some fantastic NFL records.
He has the NFL record for quarterback rushing touchdowns (67) and the most games in NFL history with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown Cam is the first player in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, one passing touchdown, and one rushing touchdown in a single game. Nobody else has ever had at least 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in same season. He has seven NFL all-time records and on 21 occasions he has achieved an NFL first.
Cam turned vegan in March 2019. Initially he dropped meat to help recovery from injuries, and turned pescetarian while continuing to eat fish and shrimp. Since then he’s committed to veganism. It became permanent when he found his health was better, something he noticed in particular in respect of the long-term recovery from a shoulder injury.
“I’ve seen such a remarkable change in the way my body responds to the food that I eat,” he said when he gave an interview to PETA.
American football is known for its physical impact, injuries, and careers cut short by the toll it takes on the body. It is unusual for a player to complete as many seasons as Cam has, and he’s mindful of the effect diet has on this.
“God has given me this body and this talent, but at the same time, I have to recover, and staying hydrated and things like that. So [I’m] not trying to eat foods that will inflame my joints. You cannot eat enough green veggies.”
In a video blog in 2019 he pointed out: “some of the strongest species on this earth are vegetarian. When you look at gorillas, when you look at elephants, they find their source of protein in plants and I do the same thing. I’m loving how I’m feeling.”
Training for success
As a quarterback, Cam is one of the most scrutinized players on the field and is involved in almost every offensive move. Physical conditioning is vital, and his routine reflects this. He trains core circuits, flexibility and mobility and uses kettlebells for core work. He’s known for treating practices like real games.
To fuel this, a typical breakfast is oatmeal, and at lunch he’ll have a vegan burger with pickles. Salad and potato for dinner is a popular choice, and he’ll supplement with a protein shake or bar and juice or smoothies.
For people newly vegan or considering making the shift to a plant-based diet, Newton said: “Eat on schedule. If you can eat on schedule you won’t miss or think anything different, and you’ll be alright.”
“I don’t want people to think that you can’t love food being vegan or there’s not good-tasting food that’s vegan,” Newton said. “I feel good. I recover well. And that’s pretty much what it’s all about.”