Michele Tafoya got anti-veggie Al Michaels to eat Brussels sprouts



Al Michaels is still going strong in the broadcast booth at the age of 77, no thanks to vegetables — except for the only two bites he’s ever eaten in his life, courtesy of Michele Tafoya.

Michaels recently revealed the story behind his only slippage, which came during a dinner in Baltimore ahead of a “Sunday Night Football” game when his NBC colleague tricked him into it, perhaps with the help of alcohol.

“For whatever reason, we were all four or five vodkas in, and [Tafoya] sneaks some deep-fried Brussels sprouts onto a plate,” Michaels said on the “Pat McAfee Show” Friday. “It was so deep-fried, I thought it was a French fry. So I had two bites and that’s the only time I’ve ever had a vegetable. Period, end of story.”

Michaels survived his run-in with the vegetables that night, but his aversion to them dates back a long time.

“I was born when my mother and father were 18,” Michaels explained. “So my mother didn’t even know who [noted pediatrician] Dr. [Benjamin] Spock was at that point. I pushed the vegetables away and all I got was steak and lambchops and whatever meat, and fish. Period. That’s it.

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Al Michaels on Friday’s episode of “The Pat McAfee Show.”
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“I hear that you need eight helpings of vegetables. What? Get out of town!” Michaels added to laughs. “This is crazy. Protein, dairy, whatever. By the way, I take a lot of vitamin C, which helps, I think.”

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Michele Tafoya got Al Michaels to eat a vegetable.

Michaels’ unusual diet has served him well. The longtime play-by-play voice is set to call another Super Bowl in February and then is expected to join Amazon as its lead play-by-player for “Thursday Night Football,” The Post’s Andrew Marchand previously reported.


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