Name: David Carter
Division you will compete in: I am a Defensive Lineman for the Oakland Raiders and I will be competing in Powerlifting
Weight/Competition Weight: 300
Current max lifts Bench/Squat/Deadlift: bench 470, squat 660
City: Los Angeles
Years as a vegan: 2 months
Why you became a Vegan: 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.
History Competing: I played college football at U.C.L.A. and was drafted in 2011 making this season my fourth year in the NFL. My first two years were with the Arizona Cardinals, I played one year with the Dallas Cowboys and now I play for The Oakland Raiders.
What drives you to compete: At first it was just my love for football, but now that I have made the lifestyle change of becoming vegan I feel like I am fighting for a better world. I play the biggest baddest positions in one of the biggest baddest sports in the country. I feel that a successful vegan 300 pound defensive lineman will make people think twice, and begin to create some important discussions.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Football is a rough sport that demands a lot from your body. They say that one practice is equivalent to a 60 mph car accident. Small injuries always occur and never have the opportunity to heal. Before being vegan I suffered from tendonitis, arthritis, a dislocated finger from college that never healed correctly, nerve damage to my right hand and arm, muscle fatigue in my right arm (in football these are small injuries). In just two months of a plant-based diet all of those small injuries have gone away.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Before a game I carb load, so a pre-game meal for me would be lots of legumes, yams, and a protein shake.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Legumes. They are very versatile and I need the carbs to fuel me during practices and games.
How would you describe your training for a competition: I train almost everyday sometimes twice a day. Lots of core, cardio and agility training.
Favorite exercises: burpees, pushups and weighted lunges.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: Typically around 16 hours a week but my recovery time and endurance have improved after becoming vegan, strangely enough. So now I am able to train even more!
Today I am most proud of: Having the balls to be completely vegan.
Personal website or blog: www.the300poundvegan.com (launch date TBA)