Jackson Using Diet to Prolong Career

Jackson Using Diet to Prolong Career

Jay Adams

Published June 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Falcons running back Steven Jackson is taking a page from the “Tony Gonzalez Book of Playing Forever” as the new ball carrier is using his diet to keep himself as fresh as he can.

Speaking with CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco earlier this week during OTAs, Jackson said he’s gone gluten-free and he believes it’s going to help him down the line, as he turns 30 in just more than a month.

From Prisco:

So Jackson is doing something about it. He recently decided to try a gluten-free diet. He is bigger than he’s been at 245 pounds, with his huge arms making him look more like a defensive end than a running back. He does plan to get down to 237 for camp, but for now he is doing everything he can to ready for 30.

“The gluten-free helps with inflammation,” Jackson said. “It’s something I researched. I talked to a lot of the veteran guys and they said the thing that impacted them most late in their careers wasn’t the ability to keep playing, but the ability to get over the hits and play the next week. That’s why I am changing some things. I know my metabolism slows down when I turn 30. I won’t get over the aches and pains as fast.”

Read the full article on Jackson here.

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