Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has firmly established himself as one of the premier passers in today’s NFL, but that hasn’t stopped him from figuring out ways to improve. On the heels of a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he only exceeded the 300-yard passing mark in three games, Rodgers has focused on his own body in hopes of a better 2016 season.
Looking noticeably leaner at Green Bay’s facility, Rodgers credited a stricter diet void of dairy products as the key behind his new build. Rodgers said he has begun a new nutrition plan to preserve his body and allow him to play as long as possible.
When asked specifically about his new diet regimen, Rodgers said he primarily eats fruits and vegetables “with some red meat at times and some chicken.” Rodgers continued, “I’ve done a lot of research and talked with Adam Korzun, our [team] nutritionist, and some other friends around the league about how I can extend my career and how I can be and feel healthier.”
The strategy appears to be working masterfully for Rodgers’ counterpart, Tom Brady, as the 38-year-old quarterback of the New England Patriots often credits his diet as the reason he is still able to play at such a high level.
While Rodgers has always been a slender quarterback, he said he is now at about 218 pounds – his lowest weight since 2007. The Packers are hoping Rodgers’ newfound emphasis on his body will translate to on-field success, as Green Bay enters the 2016 season trying to win their fifth NFC North title in six years.
With Rodgers in the best shape of his career and star wide receiver Jordy Nelson now fully healthy, perhaps the NFC North won’t be the only title Green Bay wins this season.