Protein: Eating Like A Lineman

By Alli Sands

Bulking up for the season is critical for all the NFL linemen hitting the field at MetLife Stadium on February 2nd for Super Bowl XLVIII. Many pro football players prepare their bodies for the grueling hours on the gridiron by going on strict, all-protein diets. For those mere mortals who want to get their heads in the game but can’t stomach the pounds, don’t miss these protein-packed accomplishments.


To kick things off, a single pound of lean beef contains about 65 grams of protein, which puts the amount of protein goodness in these beef feats in the quadruple digits. We’re sure football players would salivate over the the world’s longest steak, produced by butchers in Evron, France in May 2002. The piece of meat measured 90.81 feet. Also, achieved on March 20, 2011, Frigorífico General Pico and Municipalidad de General Pico at Predio Sociedad Rural de General Pico in Argentina cooked up the largest serving of barbecue beef on record, weighing 20,132.61 pounds.

In the world of beef-eating, many hold honors for consuming mass quantities of cow flesh, including professional competitive eaters Dominic Cardo and Hall Hunt. Cardo ate over three pounds of pickled beef tongue in 12 minutes, and Hall packed in four pounds and 11 ounces of beef tri-tip in 12 minutes. Joey Chestnut, one of competitive eating’s biggest celebrities, packed in 70 Hillshire Farm bratwurst in just 10 minutes earlier this year at the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 1:  Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California is congratulated by Randall Patrick Bertoletti (R) of Chicago, Illinois after winning Wing Bowl 16 at the Wachovia Center February 1, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 20,000 people came to watch Joey Chestnut win Wing Bowl 16 by eating 241 buffalo wings.

Joey Chestnut and Patrick Bertoletti (Photo Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)


For those who prefer lighter protein servings, chicken is low in fat and can be prepared in a variety of delicious ways. While fried chicken might not be the healthiest, it is impossible to resist. In Nakatsu City, Japan on September 23, 2011, over 2,372 pounds of Karaage, a Japanese fried chicken dish that uses boneless chicken and potato starch batter, was made for hungry bystanders at the 4th Karaage Festival.

Of course, the world of competitive eating has some chicken-consuming champs. Patrick Bertoletti once put away nine pounds of boneless buffalo wings in 10 minutes. In just five minutes, Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas ate 80 chicken nuggets. Chowing down on 182 chicken wings in 30 minutes, Joey Chestnut wowed the world with his trencherman abilities.

Check out Wing Bowl 22.


Is it any surprise that Chestnut also holds three records for his pork-eating wins? On August 28, 2013, he ate 13.76 pounds of pork rib meat in 12 minutes. The man took in nine pounds and six ounces of pulled pork in 2006 and 45 pulled pork sandwiches on September 1, 2007. Both feats took 10 minutes.

We wonder how Chestnut would fare when faced with the largest serving of roast pork ever cooked, a record held by Fundación Produce Yucatán in Mexico. The 6,821.54 pounds of cochinita pibil, a popular regional pork dish in Yucatan, Mexico, was made by 12 chefs using 20 ovens in March 2010. While pork is the fattiest form of protein, many would agree that it is the most scrumptious.


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The sea offers up so much for the human population, including mouth-watering sources of protein. With so many seafood recipes and methods of preparation, it’s no surprise that there are an incredible number of accomplishments in making and eating fish and underwater crustaceans.

The University of Massachusetts Dining Services in Amherst, Massachusetts prepared the largest serving of fish stew on September 3, 2011. The batch served up 6,658 pounds of stew that included cod, muscles, lobster, salmon and clams. Competitive eaters have also left. Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas ate 11.3 pounds of meat from 44 Maine lobsters in 12 minutes. On February 26, 2003, William E. Silver ate 9.6 ounces of shrimp in only three minutes.

That’s about all the protein we can handle, since we’ll be watching not playing in the Super Bowl. Then again, all this talk of meat is starting to make me hungry.

Read about Competitive Eating.

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Alli Sands is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on


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