The NFL features some elite athletes with natural tools that other players could only dream of having. DK Metcalf is one of those guys. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and runs a 4.33 40-yard dash. While Metcalf is a physical specimen, he takes a dieting approach similar to that of Chad Johnson.
Johnson, often referred to as Ochocinco, played 11 seasons in the league. Still, some believe he could’ve played longer if he had made better eating choices. Despite what he ate, he enjoyed a highly productive NFL career. Metcalf has shown flashes of brilliance as well.
Still, Metcalf’s diet is shocking, to say the least.
Seahawks WR DK Metcalf reveals his unconventional diet
DK Metcalf has made some incredible plays during his first three NFL seasons. From highlight-reel catches showing off his jumping ability to chasing down Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker after an interception, his superior athletic ability has been on full display.
Considering how great shape the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowler is in, it’s fair to assume that he maintains a reasonably strict diet. However, that’s not exactly the case. During a recent appearance on SHOWTIME Basketball’s KG Certified, Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett asked Metcalf about the importance of nutrition.
“I’m probably the worst person to ask that,” Metcalf said. “I’m a candy type person. I eat one meal a day, drink one coffee, and eat like three or four bags of candy. I’m a gummy type of guy.”
The 24-year-old revealed he enjoys eating different types of gummies, including Skittles and Life Savers. His daily routine includes eating candy and drinking a coffee after multiple workouts, and he doesn’t eat dinner until about eight or nine o’clock in the evening.
“I’m a candy eater, yeah.”
Chad Johnson supports athletes eating what they want
DK Metcalf isn’t the first professional athlete with a questionable diet, and he certainly won’t be the last. Fellow wide receiver Chad Johnson’s diet also consisted of him eating whatever he wants.
In a previous episode of the I Am Athlete podcast, the six-time Pro Bowler revealed his daily diet to Cam Newton.
“First day of meal prep, we’re going to McDonald’s,” said Johnson. Here’s a sample daily eating routine from Johnson’s playing days with the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Breakfast: Hotcakes with sausage, sausage McMuffin, large orange juice
- Snack: Strawberry frosted Pop Tart and six boiled eggs
- Lunch: Bahama Breeze’s jerk chicken pasta, extra chicken, no asparagus
- Dinner: Baked fried chicken, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet water cornbread, chocolate cake
Johnson has engaged in numerous debates about his eating habits recently, including with co-host Brandon Marshall.
“My numbers were great just how they were, eating McDonald’s,” he argued. It sounds like DK Metcalf feels the same way about his love for candy.
Both wideouts enjoyed success on the football field despite their diets
While Chad Johnson and DK Metcalf both have unconventional diets as professional athletes, they’re on different scales. Johnson eats a large quantity of food throughout the day, while Metcalf eats just one large meal at the end of the day.
Still, the common theme between the two players is taking care of their bodies to ensure their respective diets don’t interfere with the on-field production.
Johnson enjoyed a productive 11-year NFL career. He recorded 766 receptions, 11,059 receiving yards, and 67 touchdowns in 166 games. He may never end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he was one of the most talented (and entertaining) players at his position during the 2000s.
Metcalf is only heading into his fourth season, but he’s off to a promising start. The Seahawks wideout has caught 216 passes for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns in 49 games.
Team doctors and nutritionists would almost certainly advise against those diets, but it works for them. The proof is in the pudding.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference