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Panthers' Jaromir Jagr Decides to Cut out His 10 Daily Cups of Coffee for Lent

Florida Panthers' Jaromir Jagr, of the Czech Republic, is seen against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio,  Sunday, Feb. 27, 2016. The Blue Jackets won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2016

When it comes to giving up things for Lent, everyone is different.

Some do things as silly as staying off their social media accounts. Others decide not to eat or drink certain things. As for Florida Panthers veteran Jaromir Jagr, he is removing some caffeine from his life for the second year in a row.

Last year, it was a soda. This year, it's coffee. 

While it may be tough for even a casual coffee drinker to give up the drink, it may be even tougher for the 44-year-old Panther. According to Tom Perrotta of the Wall Street Journal, Jagr is used to downing lots of coffee on a daily basis:

When Jagr gave up Diet Coke last year—“I drank it every day, I would have five a day at least,” he said—he tried it again after Easter. He hated the taste so much that he had to mix the soda with water, and then he gave it up altogether. This year he has quit coffee.

“I was drinking 10 a day,” he said. “I felt awful the first few days, I felt like I had no energy at all. I was playing games I didn’t even know I played, the first few games. But then the body got used to it.”

From 10 cups of coffee to none? That has to be rough.

Anybody who loves coffee or soda knows the first few days of caffeine withdrawal can feel like torture. Jagr was able to get through it last year, and he actually gave up Diet Coke for good. On the plus side, he has at least been through the process before, so he knows what to expect and how hard it might be. At the same time, he doesn't have Diet Coke to fall back on anymore as a replacement drink.

Best of luck to Jagr in his task. It's not going to be easy, but if he can still play hockey into his mid-40s, he can probably handle this.

[The Wall Street Journal, h/t Deadspin]

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