Arian Foster is not a pure vegan anymore and the most famous plant man in the NFL doesn't care who knows it.
"I've been dabbling back and forth . . . " Foster said after practice Thursday when asked how the vegan diet is going. "For me, it's just trying to eat healthy.
"I just wanted a piece of chicken," Foster said. ". . . I felt like I could use one."
Which it turns out means having some meat occasionally when he feels like it.
"I just wanted a piece of chicken," Foster said. "It wasn't like a temptation. I felt like I could use one."
The Houston Texans pro-bowl running back never set out to become a symbol for veganism. Of course that didn't stop other people from turning him into one. Foster talked about his "dabbling" in a matter of fact way. This wasn't some guy unleashing a secret confessional.
"It's not like I'm in a cult," he cracked. "Nothing is going to happen to me."
The whole vegan thing was more about Foster being Foster. The most interesting player in the NFL is also the rare devotee of Segways as well and the rare athlete willing to question the whole fantasy football mania publicly. Foster likes finding his own way. Now that path includes healthy eating — with some meat.
Whatever it takes to get it done. Foster leads the NFL in rushing attempts this season, racking up 192 carries in the Texans' 7-1 start. The man knows his body.
Whether you think this proves that an elite running back cannot get by on a purely vegan diet or not is on you. Foster's never been big on that debate.
"I've had meat since I said I don't eat meat," he said simply.