What’s your weight and bodyfat percentage right now?
I’m 206 pounds, and 7.8% bodyfat.
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
I don’t cook at all, to be honest. But I don’t eat fast food and don’t drink soda. I haven’t since I’ve been in the NFL. By cutting those things out, it gives me a chance to be successful, but I take it to another level by eating as many vegetables as I can, lots of chicken, no bacon, just common-sense choices. One rule I go by is to make my plate as colorful as I can.
Say you have a 1:00 game on Sunday and you have to be to the stadium early. What do you eat that’s not going to weigh you down but still give you enough energy to perform?
I try to eat oatmeal with raisins and nuts, or scrambled eggs with cheese and two pieces of whole-wheat toast. Fruit like pineapple and apples—those give me a lot of energy so I’ve been adding a lot of fruit to my diet, as well.
When we spoke right after you entered the league, you said you had never been drunk in your life, and that you’ve actually never had a drop of alcohol. Is that still true?
A lot can happen in that time, but it is still true. I still haven’t had a drink. I told my fiancé that I’ll probably take my first drink at my bachelor party. I don’t know if I will, but…
Maybe you should wait til the wedding. If you do it at the bachelor party, that could get out of hand quickly.
[Laughs] I know. I still haven’t had one, though.
If you plan on having one, clearly you’re not against it. How is it that you’ve waited this long?
I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things. I’d think, “If I do this, maybe I can get to heaven,” so I said no drinks, no sex, all the big things. As I grew up, I realized that’s not what it’s about. It’s about having a relationship with Jesus. It’s not about “Don’t do this. Don’t do that.” But still, it’s just one of those things I haven’t done, and I don’t see any benefit to doing it. You’re always reading about people getting DUIs. So many bad things that happen and wind up in the paper are alcohol-related, so by not drinking, it saves me, my team, and my family a lot of trouble.