Nick Bosa hired chef, now has lowest body fat among 49ers players

To produce at or near the level of Nick Bosa requires as much hard work off the pitch as it does on the pitch.

As the star defensive end for the 49ers prepares for a matchup against quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs, Bosa’s work off the field has played a essential role in his success this season.

The third-year pass thrower returned to the field this season after suffering a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season. He was able to pick up where he left off and even improved his season rookie where he won defensive rookie of the year honors.

Now likely up for the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year, Bosa’s hard work on and off the court throughout his recovery played a huge role in his monster 15.5 sack season.

Bosa spoke with NFL Media’s Steve Wyche ahead of Sunday’s big game, where he talked about how he’s stayed so healthy this season and the strict diet he continues to follow off the field.

“I’m hanging on,” Bosa said. “I’m actually doing very well, I think I’m improving as the season progresses.”

49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans had spoken about Bosa’s impressive physique this summer and how the star edge rusher looked set for another breakout campaign. Turns out he was absolutely right.

Bosa has been able to stay very healthy this season. Thanks, in part, to the private chef hired by the 24-year-old who helped him maintain a very strict diet.

“Yeah, that really helped,” Bosa said when asked about his leader. “I just wanted to take a facet of what I do to the next level. I have an amazing chef, Chef Anna, Cree. She will come two days a week and cook for most of the week. There is a very a good fish market right next to my house so she gets fresh fish there. There’s poke, ceviche, delicious fish. Chicken, steak and the salad she makes to go with them are excellent.

“My DEXA analysis this year was the lowest body fat on the team. When you have DBs and running backs on the team, it’s pretty good to compete with them on body fat. I don’t don’t know if all this helps the product in the field, but it definitely allows me to perform.”

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As Bosa mentioned, often the players with the lowest body fat on the team are usually running backs, defensive backs, or wide receivers. Certainly not defensive goals.

Hard work and preparation off the pitch only helps Bosa perform even better on the pitch.

If Bosa and the 49ers bring home any gear soon — be it personal or team awards — maybe Chef Anna deserves a raise.

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