David Carter is an NFL Football Player who has played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders.
He became a vegan on Valentine’s Day in 2014 and stated in an interview with Plant Strong:
My wife has been some form of vegetarian for 5 years. I have always seen the benefits of being vegan, but I never thought I could have a plant-based diet and keep weight on for football. One night my wife and I were watching Forks Over Knives and I realized that all the effort I was putting in to get big and strong for football was actually killing me. After being vegan for only two months I can honestly say that being vegan is not the only most efficient way to be full body strong, it’s also the most humane; everyone wins.
He’s since created a website the 300lb Vegan and has become an advocate for animals. On his website he has explained how going vegan is better for his long term health:
Converting to a whole foods plant-based lifestyle was the best decision I could have ever made for my body, mind, and spirit. The average life span of a professional football player is only fifty-six (due to extreme consumption of animal products which leads to heart disease, stroke, cancers, and other chronic illnesses), by making this one small change not only have I saved my own life but the countless lives of voiceless and defenseless animals everywhere. Not to mention veganism is great for our planet as well. Becoming vegan has given me a greater purpose, something bigger than myself to fight for, and fight I will.