Posing Nude for ESPN—Gary Player at 77


Says he wants to show the world how to be healthy.

The Open 2013After watching The Golf Channel interview Mr. Player at Muirfield (Scotland) this morning, I decided to feature him in another post. At 5’6′” and 148 pounds, this golfing legend is the real deal—with a grand total of 165 victories in his illustrious career.

When I heard them talking about how he had recently posed news for ESPN Magazine, I knew immediately why the traffic to my earlier blog about Mr. Player was up sharply in the past week. People were “googling” to learn about what this remarkably fit and healthy senior citizen was eating—and Google was showing them my 2012 blog about Mr. Player.

Gary Player won his first British Open championship in 1959.

Gary Player won his first British Open championship at Muirfield (this year’s venue) in 1959.

During the Masters Golf Tournament of 2012, I posted a blog about him. Entitled  Gary Player at 76; plant-eating Masters Champion, I have provided a link below.

In the past fifteen months, that article has been seen about 700 times, with over 100 of the views has taken place in just the past few days. As for the article, here is an excerpt (See link below for full interview—and the NUDE photos.)

Why did you decide to pose? Very few people do what I’m doing at my age. I want to show the world how fit you can be at this age and not just accept being old. I still work on my ranch, I represent a lot of companies, I do golf course design, I’m traveling seven months a year. You’ve got to keep moving. If you sit and watch TV on your backside all day, you’re going to die.

Posing in the magazine is just part of my plan. My big dream now is to help people become healthy. Obesity, as far as I’m concerned, is the greatest problem facing the planet at the moment. What worries me is there is nothing worse than when you see children getting all of these diseases now. Look at our foods; our foods have steroids in them, antibiotics. People are overeating and eating all kinds of fatty foods and high sugars and junk. We have a massive challenge. It’s actually easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than to get the average man to worry about diet and exercise.

Gary Player ESPNA brief excerpt from my April 2012 blog postAs for his diet of mostly plants, I have no doubt that he would tell you that it has been a major factor in his success as a professional golfer. Just this week, I heard him say in an interview that strength conditioning among golfers has become much more popular in the last 15 years. “The next big thing will be improving what we eat,” he says.

The big three, with Gary looking a full generation younger than Arnie and Jack this week.

The big three, with Gary looking a full generation younger than Arnie and Jack during the Masters week of 2012.

On his website, he lists The China Study as being one of his favorite books and he has become a great spokesman for the move toward a whole foods, plant-based diet. Not too hard to tell which one of the 2012 threesome is eating 4Leaf.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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8 Responses to Posing Nude for ESPN—Gary Player at 77

  1. Robert Thatcher says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Gary Player is looking great. I’ve been watching the open championship and wondering if there are any younger players who are openly plant-based. Miguel Angel Jimenez is a possibility. Unfortunately, that’s based on the large tobacco plant in his mouth.

  2. Bonnie Kaake says:

    Wow! Most 40-year olds don’t look that good. I liked the photos…good for him. Seeing is believing. Much better than looking at “almost” dressed fatsos who hang out all over and those with pants sagging below their cracks.

  3. Joanne Irwin says:

    My hats off to Gary Player. Seeing his nude photo was a bravo, celebratory moment! Seeing a man at the age of 77, evidencing fitness, health, and pride in his plant based lifestyle is a brilliant statement! You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? His physique says it all. I admire his ‘putting it out there’ stance. I would love to see a calendar of men 70 plus, a twelve month display of committed plant based eaters, posing in the buff, with some body parts delicately shrouded with kale and other healthy greens! How about it? Any takers out there? We’ve had enough firemen and body builders posing with their often steroid induced muscles; let’s see the real, raw deal!

    • victoria keenan says:

      Love the idea .you could start a recruitment drive and the participants withe the resulting calendar could raise money for sustainable community horticulture ,ie vege gardens in neigbourhoods?

  4. Jane Timmons says:

    I don’t know, Jeane, it’s a pretty good-looking human body no matter the age.
    Jane, a Missouri Teacher

  5. I, too, am 77! And I go to the gym for weights and aerobics for the last 8 years. I face-booked to my daughter to get out her camera — and I’ll hold in my stomach like a Marine!

  6. So, Jim — now for your writing a letter to Gary Player to enroll him in your gathering of WFPB power-supporters who can make a big difference in educating and motivating the shift to all-plant nutrition for all the good reasons.

  7. Jeane says:

    Really, it is great that he is so healthy, but I certainly could have lived my whole life without seeing him nude.

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