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This list contains information about athletes who are vegan, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous boxers, football players, and Olympic athletes are vegan. Some of these athletes went vegan for the health benefits, while others adopted the lifestyle for ethical reasons. One of the most successful U.S. track and field runners of all time is vegan.

Who is the most famous athlete who is vegan? Mike Tyson tops our list. In 2013, Mike Tyson went vegan. He says, "Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe, [I had] high blood pressure, [was] almost dying [and had] arthritis. And once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished."

Carl Lewis adopted a vegan diet in 1990. He says, "My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet." Vegan John Salley advocates for athletes to adopt a plant-based diet. He says, "I explain to athletes, you’re supposed to be a well-oiled machine. You’re supposed to be in better shape than the people watching you. You’re supposed to be an unbelievable specimen of a human being. You have to treat your body different while you’re performing."

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 32 Famous Athletes Who Are Vegan
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In 2013, Mike Tyson went vegan. He says, "Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe, [I had] high blood pressure, [was] almost dying [and had] arthritis. And once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished."

Age: 51

Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 32 Famous Athletes Who Are Vegan
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In 2005, Ricky Williams became one of the NFL's first vegan athletes. Explaining the reaction to his diet, he said, "People get weird about it. They don't understand it. It goes against what they believe. And it takes a lot of work."

Age: 40

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Toronto Argonauts, Texas Longhorns football

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 32 Famous Athletes Who Are Vegan
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Carl Lewis adopted a vegan diet in 1990. He says, "My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet."

Age: 56

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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John Salley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 32 Famous Athletes Who Are Vegan
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Vegan John Salley advocates for athletes to adopt a plant-based diet. He says, "I explain to athletes, you’re supposed to be a well-oiled machine. You’re supposed to be in better shape than the people watching you. You’re supposed to be an unbelievable specimen of a human being. You have to treat your body different while you’re performing."

Age: age 51

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors

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