Who knows what kind of protein is on the menu at NFL training camps — but it’s likely not this kind.
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy added to a long list of exotic offseason activities this summer when he went to Peru and hiked through the Amazon rainforest, according to a Detroit News profile. What was most interesting, though, about the excursions of the fifth-year player, who has also been to South Africa and Botswana and hopes to head to Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya next, is what he got to eat during his trek.
Levy reported back to his teammates that he enjoyed some rodents while living off the land in South America.
“Most of them think it’s crazy,” he told the Detroit News. “They found out I went skydiving, and they thought that was crazy. They thought the Amazon was nuts, eating frogs and rats and piranha and stuff like that.”
When pressed about actually eating rats, Levy confirmed what he said.
“Yeah,” Levy said, “there’s a little jungle rodent we had to catch with a spear.”
The outside linebacker joined the Lions in 2009 after being drafted in the third round out of Wisconsin and is known among his teammates for his stories and long, bushy beard.
“Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to go to the Amazon,” he said. “And the way I went about it — I didn’t want to go on a cruise or to a resort or anything like that. I was just out there.”
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