Boneless Brawn Pt II - Alex Morgan
What's your favorite animal? Is it a dog? How about a cat? Definitely not a human the way we treat each other. Yes, there's a clear distinction but we are all beasts in our own way. Also, most would never think of eating a dog, or a cat or a human. A pig though; depends on your beliefs. Same for a cow. Lines are drawn, between edible and inappropriate.
Professional Women's Soccer Player Alex Morgan recognized these boundaries for what they are. Bullshit. As a forward, she did what came naturally, attacked them by going vegan.
Morgan has been vegan since 2017. She was vegan during the US Women's National Team (USWNT) 2019 World Cup Championship run. She tied USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe for most goals in the tournament with six, winning the Silver Boot (2nd most tournament goals, 2nd due to playing more minutes).
She also broke the mold of what she thought was possible on a vegan diet. “If anything, it makes me stronger and helps with fatigue and recovery”.
In the USWNT’s 13-0 rout of Thailand, Morgan tied the World Cup single-game goals record with five. Vegan or not, Morgan scores a lot.
Considering Morgan has been a world-class footballer (what soccer players are called damn near everywhere but the US) since her debut in 2011, why try to fix what wasn't "broken"? Blue; the name of Morgan's dog and the bark behind her plant-based bite.
"It didn't feel fair to have a dog I adore and yet eat meat all the time," Morgan said in a Q & A with Reuters.
Morgan has continuously reiterated that she is down for animals, telling the Santa Barbara Independent that if not for soccer she would be, “advocating for adopting rather than buying animals, or protecting endangered animals from poachers.”
Confronted with the realities of an omnivorous diet and being exposed to veganism through her Orlando Pride teammate Toni Pressley, she switched to veganism and has not looked back.
Ultimately, Alex Morgan can serve as a role model for what happens when one doesn't just buy into the narrative. Whether by being vegan and advocating for animal rights or fighting the USSF for equal pay for women, she's a straight shooter.