LeBron James has been at the top of the basketball world for over a decade. He might be 34 and an elder statesman of the NBA, but he still knows how to get around the court. Part of the reason he is so good is that he, mostly, treats his body like a temple with the food he puts in it. Here’s the insane diet of LeBron James.
Let’s Start With Breakfast
James has made no secret that one of his favorite foods is Fruity Pebbles. He has been known to chow down on a bowl on occasions, and Nike even created sneakers for James that were designed with Fruity Pebbles in mind. Don’t expect James to be eating his favorite cereal during the season though.
He says that sugar slows down recovery in between games and the postseason is all about recovering as quickly as possible. For James, that means healthier breakfasts consisting of protein bars, granola, and smoothies.
When it comes to lunch, James doesn’t load up on carbs too much. He does say he will add a “little pasta” to his diet to keep up his energy levels, but mostly he just eats chicken with vegetables or fruit. That doesn’t mean that James only eats healthily. He is a big fan of lobster, and if he’s not enjoying a big plate of it alongside a steak, he’s throwing the crustacean into an indulgent salad.
Dessert Is Always On The Menu
There is no denying that LeBron James loves dessert and he has posted many pictures of his sweet treats to his social media account. During the offseason James makes sure to get his sugar whenever he can. He might refrain from eating it while playing, but once the season is over James is all over the desserts.
James even offers some of his own cake to his teammates after practice, but it’s not like any cake you’ve ever eaten as he packs it full of kale. The Lakers star makes sure to keep hydrated wherever possible and will drink sports drinks to keep his energy levels high.
LeBron James is an elite athlete who makes sure to look after himself whenever he’s competing. He doesn’t shy away from treats when he’s not playing though and seems to have the best of both worlds when it comes to eating.
There’s been plenty of intrigue and interest in the league this campaign – particularly regarding the starting quarterbacks of every team. This season has already seen plenty of talking points surrounding the signal-callers, but where do they sit in the league-wide rankings?
Sam Darnold – New York Jets
Darnold’s future in New York looks bleak – maintaining an awful passer rating of 75.9 while averaging less than 3,000 passing yards a season. With the Jets likely to have the number one pick in the draft, it’s probably curtains for Darnold with the Jets.
Dwayne Haskins – Washington Professional Football Team
Second-year pro Dwayne Haskins has been demoted to third-string for the Washington Professional Football Team, which should tell you everything you need to know about how his season is going.
His start to the 2020 campaign has been pretty dire, playing just four games, throwing four touchdowns and three interceptions while posting a 60.96 completion percentage and 80.3 QB rating. To be benched behind Alex Smith (coming off a horrific ankle injury) and Kyle Allen is indication enough that his days in Washington are numbered.
Daniel Jones – New York Giants
The Giants, much like their co-tenants at Met Life Stadium the Jets, have struggled in recent years. They took a flyer on Jones after picking him sixth overall in the 2019 draft, and though it may still be too early to call him a bust…he’s beginning to look like one.
A career completion percentage of 61.83, coupled with 31 touchdowns and 21 interceptions (7 and 9 respectively in the 2020 season at the time of writing), means that the pressure on the young QB is mounting – even though the team thinks he’s the ‘long-term solution’ at the position.
Nick Foles – Chicago Bears
Foles may have only been recently named the starter in Chicago, but one wonders if coach Matt Nagy will revert back to Mitchell Trubisky who started the season behind center but was benched in favor of Foles – that’s just how bad the former Super Bowl MVP has been.
Foles has a losing record as a starter with the Bears at the time of writing, completing just 64% of his passes. He is a shadow of the QB that led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2018.
Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins
Tagovailoa only got the starting job in week eight of the 2020 season, replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it’s clear the Dolphins and coach Brian Flores view him as their future moving forward.
The rookie didn’t exactly set the world alight on his debut as a starter against the Los Angeles Rams, throwing for just 93 yards and one touchdown. But the Dolphins got the win regardless. Clearly the rookie needs more time to develop before we can say how his future in the league looks.
Cam Newton – New England Patriots
There was a lot of excitement when the Patriots picked up Newton after the Carolina Panthers released him prior to the start of the 2020 season. He is, after all, a former league MVP.
He started his career in New England fairly well, winning two out of his first three games (with six total touchdowns and two picks). But after withdrawing due to illness in early October, his form has dropped, and with it so did the Patriots’. The rest of the season doesn’t look promising for the team, and neither for Newton.
Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew took over starting duties in Jacksonville towards the end of the 2019 season, impressing coach Doug Marrone and NFL pundits.
His form so far this season has been ok, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions to go along with a 65.9 completion percentage. But the Jaguars simply haven’t been able to stop anyone from scoring, giving up at least 30 points in six of their seven games. It’s hard to win as a quarterback when your defense hasn’t got your back.
Drew Lock – Denver Broncos
Drew Lock was promoted to the Broncos’ starting QB at the tail-end of last season, though based on the numbers, he’s actually performing worse than the five games he played in the 2019 campaign.
He has five touchdowns and five picks and a 72.7 QB rating in 2020, compared to seven and three with an 89.7 rating in 2019. However, he did have a stellar performance against the Chargers in Week 8 in a 31-30 comeback win. It’s only his second year in the league, but Lock needs to build off performances like that if he’s to have a future in the NFL.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
The NFC East is absolutely atrocious this season, but hey, somebody has to win it! Every team in the division has a losing record, but as of writing the Eagles sit atop it.
One could argue that the Eagles’ hold of the division is in spite of Wentz, who has thrown as many touchdowns as interceptions so far this season (12). His QB rating of 73.2 is equally poor, so if things continue the way they’re going, the Eagles will promptly exit the playoffs in the first round.
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys’ franchise quarterback was playing well (even if his team wasn’t) before a horrific ankle injury ended his season in Week 5. He put up nine touchdowns with four interceptions, posting a QB rating of 99.6.
He was in line for a major contract extension as well, having come into this season playing under a one-year franchise tag. He will be a free agent once the season is over, and, considering his injury, the question now becomes whether the Cowboys will offer him an extension at all.
Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers to the Super Bowl last season, and while they fell short at the final hurdle, it feels cruel to rank him so low. Still, that’s what injury does to you.
Garoppolo’s high ankle sprain has clearly impacted his play this season, and while his QB rating has been solid at 92.4, his five picks compared to seven touchdowns haven’t helped. Still, the 49ers have been banged up the entire season, and with Garoppolo now sidelined due to injury, it’s unlikely they’ll even make the playoffs.
Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
After making it to the divisional round of the playoffs in the 2019 season, the Vikings seem to have fallen off a cliff in 2020. They’re bottom of the NFC North, which has come as a surprise to many – as has Cousins’ lackluster play.
While the signal caller has thrown 12 touchdowns so far this season, he’s also thrown 10 interceptions, and has two games where he’s thrown for less than 200 yards. You don’t need to be an NFL guru to know those numbers just won’t get it done if you want to succeed in the league.
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
It seems that the Falcons, who are constantly reminded about their Super Bowl loss in 2016 after leading the Patriots 28-3, have this season decided to make blowing big leads a habit.
In fact, since the beginning of the 2016 season, the Falcons have blown a total of five double-digit leads at either halftime or the end of the third quarter. Not all of this is down to Ryan, of course, who is doing his best with a poor team around him. But he must share his portion of the blame for the Falcons’ collapses as well.
Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
The Lions are in for another tough season, but consistently seem to find themselves to be just bad enough to miss the playoffs easily, while also being just good enough to not get a high pick in the draft.
It’s a tough spot to be in, and one wonders if veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford might start wondering whether his future lies at Ford Field. In the meantime, he continues to put up good, if not outstanding numbers in his 12th season in the league.
Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers
Bridgewater’s story – from a perceived career-ending injury in 2016 to a starter with the Carolina Panthers in 2020 – is one of the more heartwarming in the NFL.
After posting a 5-0 record filling in for the injured Drew Brees at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in the 2019 season, Bridgewater has had a solid start to life with the Panthers. Considering he’s in the ultra-competitive NFC South and the Panthers are banged up, he’s been doing a fine job. Once the team can support him with a stronger offensive line, expect Bridgewater to really grow with this team.
Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders
Carr was seemingly under a lot of pressure heading into the 2020 season, but his performance thus far has mostly quieted those dissenting voices in the media.
Carr has the Raiders currently sitting just outside the playoff picture in the AFC, buoyed by his current QB rating of 110.2. He’s also thrown for 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions thus far, showing that he’s learning to take care of the ball. If he can get the Raiders into the playoffs, it will have been a successful season for Carr and Las Vegas.
Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts
Rivers was surprisingly released by the Chargers in the 2020 offseason but was promptly snapped up by the Indianapolis Colts, who had a desperate need for a skilled, veteran quarterback.
But his performance to date hasn’t exactly been consistent, with a few inopportune turnovers costing the Colts dearly in their two losses. With that said, the Colts are in a fierce fight with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South crown, and if Rivers can clean up his sloppy turnovers, his experience could prove valuable to getting the Colts into the playoffs.
Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns
The Browns’ signal-caller is a bit of an enigma. Brilliant one week, mediocre the next, terrible the following. With that said, he helped the Browns reel off a four-game win streak in the 2020 campaign – though their opponents weren’t exactly what you would call ‘the cream of the crop,’ either.
The Browns also find themselves in the competitive AFC North, so despite their winning record, and Mayfield’s stellar play this season, they’ll have a fight on their hands to finally make it back to the playoffs.
Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers
Like the Falcons, the Chargers are making a habit out of blowing big leads. They sit bottom of the AFC West, but it’s not for want of trying from their burgeoning rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.
Herbert has thrown for 15 touchdowns and rushed in two more on the ground, averaging 8 yards per pass and posting a QB rating of 104.5 – all while only throwing two interceptions so far this season. Those would be impressive stats for a seasoned veteran, but to do it as a rookie is even more impressive.
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
Some may wonder why Big Ben isn’t ranked first, given the Steelers started the season 7-0 and currently have the best record in the entire NFL.
Well, it’s because the Steelers are incredibly balanced on both sides of the ball, meaning Roethlisberger doesn’t have to excel for his team to win. But he has played well without stealing the headlines and is a frontrunner for Comeback Player of the Year.
Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
We feel for Deshaun Watson – we really do. After former coach and general manager Bill O’Brien traded away his top receiver in DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason for David Johnson and a bag of peanuts, he’s had to go above and beyond just to keep the Texans resembling some sort of team.
Despite his best efforts (15 touchdowns, 108.7 QB rating), the Texans have flat out stunk this season, and with no first or second round picks in the draft next year, the future doesn’t look too bright either. Watson deserves better than this.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
The Rams missed the playoffs in 2019, which was a disappointment considering they made it to the Super Bowl a year prior in 2018. They’ve stuck with Goff at quarterback throughout, though he continues to look uneasy in the pocket, as the Rams’ surprise loss to the Dolphins in Week 7 proved.
Still, with a career passer rating of 89.3, Goff is still one of the better quarterbacks, though not elite. The Rams are on course to return to the playoffs, so we’ll see if he can lead them back to the Super Bowl.
Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans
The Titans’ offense continues to be rock solid, and that’s in large part to the steady play of Tannehill, who doesn’t seem to get rattled even when he makes big mistakes.
He’s already poured in 17 touchdowns across the ground and air after just seven games to go along with three picks, and has an excellent QB rating of 109.8. After coming so close to the Super Bowl in the 2019 season, the Titans will have to pick up their defense if they want to go one step further in this campaign.
Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills
The Bills’ quarterback is an athletic freak, as likely to truck a defender as he is to make an errant pass. He started the 2020 season in blistering form and there were whispers of him being a frontrunner for the MVP award after punching in 15 touchdowns in the first four games.
Since then he’s regressed significantly, throwing four interceptions in as many games as the Bills lost two in a row. Yet they still sit firmly atop the AFC East and the playoff race, so it will be interesting to see how Allen performs in the postseason.
Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
What a difference a year makes. The Cardinals went 5-10 in 2019, finishing dead last in the NFC West. Murray had an average campaign as a rookie, earning 24 total touchdowns with 12 interceptions. But the sparks of his talent were there for all to see.
This season, with his new weapon Deandre Hopkins, Murray has continued to impress and already has 20 touchdowns to his name after just seven games. The Cardinals are battling the Seahawks for the NFC West title, and are firmly in the playoff race, in large part thanks to Murray’s stellar play.
Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens
Last season’s league MVP is off to another good start in 2020, though there has been some minor criticism of Jackson’s apparent inability to get it done ‘in the big games’ after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8 (this coupled with the Ravens’ loss to the Chiefs in Week 3 as well as their playoff loss to the Titans in 2019).
He’s still a unique talent at the quarterback position, but some costly turnovers have crept into his game of late – he needs to get a handle on that if he’s going to take the next step in his career.
Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s still weird to see Brady in a Buccaneers jersey – but that’s where we find ourselves, and the six-time Super Bowl champion has brought a veteran presence to Tampa that is paying immediate dividends.
The future Hall of Famer already has 20 touchdowns and just four picks to his name after eight games to go along with a 103.1 QB rating. Considering the offensive talent Brady has around him, many are starting to think that he can push the Bucs deep into the postseason – potentially even to the Super Bowl. Time will tell.
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
Yes, his arm strength is not what it once was, and yes, he’s 41, but underestimate the former Super Bowl MVP at your peril. Brees has already beaten Brady and the Bucs once, and still holds almost every passing record in the game.
He’s gearing up for one more push to get a second championship with the Saints, and many believe he will retire after this season, regardless of whether the Saints win it all or not. Hence why Brees has come out like a man on a mission, and his play reflects it.
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals
Yes, we know. It’s a little presumption to have the quarterback of a team with a losing record ranked so high, isn’t it? Well the reality is that Burrow’s offensive line in Cincinnati flat out sucks, and yet the rookie has often kept the Bengals in games they frankly had no business of being in.
He guided them to an impressive win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 8, and his 91.4 QB rating isn’t anything to scoff at either. Trust us, this kid is going places (assuming the Bengals can get him some protection up front).
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Rodgers still remains one of the best players in the NFL with a ton left in the tank, and has already stacked up some mind-bending numbers early in the 2020 season.
That includes four games with four touchdowns and three games with over 300 passing yards. He has an outstanding 117.5 QB rating, but he can’t play defense which is why the Packers are 6-2 after eight weeks of play, and not higher in the standings. But watch out for them – and Rodgers – come the playoffs.
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes is simply an incredible player. He’s already a league MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP – and he’s only 25 years old!
After eight games this season he has 21 touchdowns and just one interception for an amazing 115 QB rating – including a 416-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Jets in Week 8. The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champions, and with Mahomes at the helm, there’s no reason why they can’t repeat this year.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Wilson has simply been the best quarterback so far in the 2020 season. He has the highest quarterback rating currently at 120.8 (which is ridiculous), and is almost the entire reason why the Seahawks only lost one of their first seven games.
He’s thrown the most touchdowns so far this season (26), has had two games where he threw FIVE touchdowns, and currently has a 71.5 completion percentage. His numbers are ridiculous, and he is currently the favorite to win the league MVP. But we think Wilson has his eyes set on a bigger prize.