August 10, 2017 06:02 PM
We've seen them on the field at St. John Fisher for two weeks and Thursday we'll see the Bills in their first preseason game of the year. But there's so much more that goes into getting ready to perform on the field than just running through plays.
As we found out, how the Bills play starts with how and what they eat.
When it comes to some of the largest and most powerful athletes on the planet, green vegetables and lean meats are the kings of the kitchen.
"Your food is your fuel and we're making sure they have the optimum fuel," said Will Greenberg, Bills strength and conditioning coach.
Greenberg oversees a lot of the team nutrition during training camp. He makes sure that the Bills are at peak shape heading into the season.
"We have Ferraris and Porsches, high caliber athletes and we're making sure they have the best food to get them through the day," Greenberg says.
"Will does a great job, he's one of our strength and conditioning coaches, helping us out with what to eat, when to eat, making meal plans for us," says fullback Mike Tolbert.
Greenberg says that each Bills player consumes between 4,000 and 5,000 calories each day. But it's eating the right foods and the right calories that is key.
"We're always trying to give them a good lean protein every meal -- salmon, chicken, turkey -- good lean proteins that help them maintain muscle mass."
So how's it working so far for the players?
"My calorie intake is well over 2,000 but it's constantly eating the right foods, getting healthy fats, making sure you always have a vegetable, some type of fruit in there," says Bills defensive lineman Jerry Hughes. "And a waffle for the carbohydrates, so I have carbs for energy for early morning workouts."
Rich Donnelly: "Do you allow yourself to have any type of cheat day?"
Tolbert: "Absolutely, look at me... I'm a fat kid. It's hard to look this good."
Donnelly: "What's your go-to cheat meal?"
Tolbert: "Chocolate cake -- my wife makes a mean chocolate cake."
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