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Aaron Rodgers Is Giving Up This One Food To Be A Better Quarterback

Despite playing in a state known for its high production, and consumption, of dairy, it appears Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is giving up cheese in order to prolong his NFL career and compete at the highest level.

Speaking on the decision, the 32-year-old Rodgers reportedly said,

I just wanted to get healthier. I've done a lot of research and talked with Adam Korzun, our [team] nutritionist, and some other friends around the league about how I can extend my career and how I can be and feel healthier.

Not surprisingly, it appears Rodgers' decision to cut dairy from his diet was inspired by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who's a noted health nut.

Elaborating on his new dietary choices, Aaron Rodgers said,

Through your eating, you can reduce inflammation because if you do research, you learn the different foods you eat can actually increase the inflammation in your body and especially in certain parts of your body. And with a knee condition I've had a long time, it really started after the surgery, thinking about exactly what I'm going to eat the first couple of weeks after surgery to kind of limit the amount of inflammation in my knee and carried that around the rest of the offseason.

It's hard to argue with results when you note Tom Brady's four Super Bowl trophies and the fact he's playing at an elite level despite turning 39 this summer, but I don't know if I could live without pizza.

Granted, I'm not a professional athlete. But I'm a human being, and human beings love cheesy goodness.

More proof Rodgers' dairy-less diet is doing work is the fact he's at his lightest weight since he first entered the NFL in 2007. At the moment, Rodgers reportedly weighs 218 pounds.

Clearly, it's hard to deny the benefits of giving up dairy, but I'm still having nightmares at the thought of doing so.

Citations: Packers' Aaron Rodgers loses his Cheesehead status, stops eating dairy (CBS Sports)