Ever wonder how NFL players prepare for the biggest game of the year? We got the scoop from a few Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassadors!
Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Haushka, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara and New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty tell us how they Fuel Greatness below!
How have you prepared for past Super Bowl games (on and off the field)?
Prince Amukamara: On the field, I liked to keep my workouts the same as they have been all season. We are active for at least 60-90 minutes a day. Off the field, I make sure I have done my homework on the other team and have watched plenty of film. I also make sure my body is well rested and that I am eating plenty of protein like, eggs, yogurt, meat/chicken, etc. to keep my body fueled.
Steven Haushka: We prepare for Super Bowl games the same way we prepare for every other game. There are a few more interviews, more family around, and you stay at a hotel the whole week, but other than that it’s the same practice routine. You need a lot of relaxation time that week.
What does your diet and exercise routine look like as you prep for a big game?
Devin McCourty: I like to keep my diet and exercise routine pretty consistent with what I have been doing all season. I make it a point to eat breakfast every day so that it energizes me throughout the day, whether it's fruit, yogurt or a smoothie. It's important that I also drink a lot of water to stay hydrated before, during and after the games.
Steven Haushka: My wife Lindsey and I like to eat healthy year round so it’s not too different heading into a game. I want my diet to have a lot of protein and healthy fats. I like Greek Yogurt, fresh organic fruit, granola, sweet potatoes, and avocados.
What was your favorite Super Bowl halftime performance of all-time?
Devin McCourty: My favorite performance was the one I missed because we were in the locker room preparing to win Super Bowl XLIX!
Prince Amukamara: My favorite performance was Beyoncé when the lights went out!
What is the most interesting or intense pre-game ritual or superstition you've ever seen?
Devin McCourty: I wouldn't say this is intense, but the weirdest pre-game ritual I have seen is that some guys like to sleep before the game in the locker room.
Steven Haushka: I've seen guys have to lay out all of their stuff and put it on in a particular order. I’m sure there are weirder superstitions.
What's your advice for kids that want to Fuel Greatness before an important event?
Devin McCourty: It's very important to make sure you start your day off right. Breakfast is the most important meal for me. I would suggest starting off your morning with some sort of protein like milk, yogurt or eggs to keep you energized for the day.
Prince Amukamara: Make sure you get a good night’s rest before the event. It's important that your mind and body are well rested. To help fuel you throughout the day, make sure you're eating breakfast. My favorite breakfast is cereal with bananas and a glass of milk, it gets me energized for the day ahead.