Neil Robinson

Professional footballer Neil Robinson played for Everton, Swansea and Grimsby in the 70s and 80s. He became vegetarian at age 13 and vegan at 23, making him the first known vegan ever to have played professional football. 'I became vegetarian after watching a TV documentary about an Amazonian tribe who sacrificed a cow by slitting its throat. After the poor beast had fallen to the floor the tribesmen jumped up and down on its throat to drain all the blood from its body then proceeded to chop up the animal to cook on the open fire. I was shocked by this sudden and stark realisation that meat was actually the flesh of a once living animal. I thought to myself that this just was not right for humans to do this to another species and I decided that I no longer wanted eat any meat. Ten years later, in 1980, I decided to become vegan'.