An undrafted free agent who used to put sugar on his lasagna has transformed himself into a surprise playmaker on the Broncos’ league-best defense—in large part thanks to a major overhaul of his daily diet.

Shaquil Barrett remembers vividly the weigh-in at the 2014 East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. You strip down to your compression shorts, wait to hear your name called, walk across a stage and stand on a scale to be weighed and thoroughly picked over by the prying eyes of middle-aged men….

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