If you think you’re going to eat a lot on Super Bowl Sunday, you’ve got nothing on a guy who’s actually playing in the game. Ok, you’ll probably be drinking more. But foodwise? You don’t stand a chance.
To get an idea of what an NFL player shoves in his massive face pre- and post-game, we spoke to six-time Pro Bowler, ESPN talking head, almond enthusiast, and Super Bowl winner Jeff Saturday, a guy who heard Peyton Manning shout “Omaha!” a million times when they played together on the Indianapolis Colts.
Saturday was listed at 6’2″, 295lbs when he played, so he can (using his words) “crush” food. The man would eat about 8,000 calories a day in the preseason. That would explain the two breakfasts he had the morning of the Super Bowl. He went back to his hotel room to lay down in-between these two breakfasts.
Breakfast — Part 1
Breakfast — Part 2
- 5 eggs (3 egg whites, 2 whole eggs)
- 2-4 pieces of bacon or 2 links of sausage
- 2 small pancakes
He said teams typically go to the stadium around 3-4pm for a 6:30pm kickoff, and will have a pre-game meal there. He said the whole point of this meal is to “hit the carbs heavy.” You need energy for the game, after all.
- Spaghetti with a heavy meat sauce
- Filet mignon or lean skirt steak
- Toasted bread
You might be surprised that he’d be eating so close to kickoff, but Saturday says he never felt like he ate too much before the game. He said some guys have nerves before the game and don’t eat for fear of hurling during it, but he was never one of those guys. We’re guessing Donovan McNabb probably was.