Detroit Lions linebacker spent off-season eating rats in Amazon

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy says he spent part of the offseason eating rats in the...

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy says he spent part of the offseason eating rats in the Amazon. Here, Levy looks over a mountain in Peru. (DeAndre Levy Photo)

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There were no five-star hotels and gourmet restaurants on DeAndre Levy’s off-season vacation itinerary.

Nope, instead of living the high life, the Detroit Lions linebacker spent his time off roughing it in the wilds of the Amazon, where his meals often included frogs and, wait for it, rats.

Yes, rats.

“Yeah,” Levy told the Detroit News, “there’s a little jungle rodent we had to catch with a spear. Most of (the Lions) think it’s crazy. They found out I went skydiving and they thought that was crazy. They thought the Amazon was nuts, eating frogs and rats and piranha and stuff like that.”

Levy spent a week traipsing through the Amazon rainforest, along with a couple of local guides, and had to, uh, catch his own meals.

But you won’t hear Levy complaining about having to do without life’s little luxuries during his off-season.

“It’s a little intimidating at first,” he said. “Swarms of bugs buzzing. You constantly hear stuff moving. The night is alive. I mean, the spiders are so big there, they can make the bushes move.

“But it was fun. It was definitely worth it. It was the experience that I wanted.”

Levy, a 26-year-old who was drafted out of Wisconsin in 2009, has made a habit of travelling to exotic locales.

Last year he swam with sharks in South Africa and spent time in the forests of Botswana. Before his Amazon trip, Levy hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.


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