If you have paid attention much to the reports coming out of training camp you most likely have heard a coach, player, reporter, or fan mention the size and athleticism of third-year pass rusher Noah Spence.
After battling shoulder injuries his first two seasons, Noah hasn’t had the chance to show what he is truly capable of when healthy and after giving his shoulders the opportunity to heal properly, Noah has worked hard to develop his body for professional football, adding 35 pounds of basically just muscle in the offseason.
That’s right, 35 pounds. That is dedication and hunger pushing Noah to be what he knows he can and it has shown so far in camp. Getting that muscle means eating a lot of food, and I mean A LOT.
To meet his goals that meant eating 9 meals a day for 9,000 calories. Basically just eat all day long. Not to mention workout, rehab, practice and study the playbook. Oh, and there is a life in there you are supposed to enjoy too.
With a nice breakfast which is probably two of his nine meals, its comprised of two protein shakes, cream of wheat, almond milk, french toast, and potatoes. 2100 calories. Lunch and afternoon snacks consist of two more protein shakes, grilled chicken, broccoli, mashed cauliflower (which is actually really delicious, wife made me try it recently), bread, pasta with ground turkey, peppers, onions and a sauce for 3300 calories. Hopefully, that’s enough to hold him off until dinner and dessert. I think I’m full just typing this. As dinner approaches Noah once again starts off with two more protein shakes. 700 calories a piece. Steak, shrimp, potatoes, zucchini, and squash. For dessert, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with chocolate almond milk. Dinner and dessert, 1500 calories with another protein shake later at night for another 700 calories.
Well done Noah. Your determination is obvious and actions speak louder than words. Some people say they’re going to go out and do it, and some just go do it. As a fan nothing but well wishes for a successful third season. Go Bucs!