Remember when John Madden used to pass out turkey legs to the Thanksgiving Day game’s most valuable player? Well, that stopped at some point and thankfully for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. He isn’t playing on Thanksgiving, but if he did and he won the award, he’d have to pass on taking a bite because he doesn’t eat turkey.
“I try to challenge myself off the field or out of training to test my discipline — each and every month, from not eating solid food throughout the week to not eating bread or only eating water,” he said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “Ever since I gave up the meat, . . . I like it. I like the way I was feeling. I stuck with it ever since.”
For the record, Newton likes turkey, but doesn’t want to mess with the Panthers win streak: “It’s been kind of good luck.”
He also admits that not eating turkey will be weird.
“It’s going to be kind of weird not eating the ham, the turkey, the chicken or what have you,” Newton said. “It’s kind of challenging my parents and my grandmother to think outside the box to try to incorporate fish.”
Anything to keep the win streak alive, no turkey is worth messing up the run. Maybe if or when the Panthers lose next he can binge on some turkey.