NFL star Leonard Williams ate a fish’s still beating heart
- New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams went deep sea fishing this weekend.
- Williams’ catch of the day was a giant bluefin tuna.
- But then he tore the heart of the fish and ate it while it was still beating.
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Leonard Williams follows some pretty weird fishing rituals.
The New York Giants defensive end went deep sea fishing over the weekend and walked away with a pretty impressive prize; his first catch of bluefin tuna, and he was a giant himself
But catching the fish and posing with it wasn’t enough, as Williams went one step further by digging into the bodies of the tuna.
Williams pulled out the heart of the fish while it was still beating, bit it, chewed it, and then swallowed it on camera in a video he posted to his Instagram story on Sunday.
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In her story, Williams said eating the heart is a tradition.
He is right, according to some circles.
Eating the heart of a prey was a hunting and fishing tradition in many Native American tribes. It was believed that this would allow the hunter to absorb the qualities of the animal, according to Game and Fish Magazine.
However, the stunt did not go well with animal rights groups.
The Blue Planet Society, a group dedicated to the fight against the exploitation of the world’s oceans, called williams on Twitter.
The group claimed that Williams was exploiting a species listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Williams is passionate about angling. Last summer he went deep sea fishing for the first time. At a training camp press conference, he said that fishing has helped him develop a new game mentality, and that led to a career season in 2020 as he recorded 11.5 bags and achieved his second Pro Bowl.