A Philadelphia pre-Super-Bowl tradition like no other continued for the 22nd straight year in a row on Friday morning. I'm talking about the Wing Bowl, of course. In a celebration of gluttony, people come from all over the country (and the world) to stuff their faces with chicken wings while others watch.
This year, there was a special guest partaking in the Wing Bowl tradition. Eagles center Jason Kelce threw his hat in the ring and took on the competition. The Eagles released some videos of Kelce prepping for this event earlier in the week. Unfortunately, Kelce didn't live up to the hype. He ate a total of 65 wings in 14 minutes which wasn't good enough to qualify for Round 2. Still, you have to give the man credit for participating.
"The hardest part was the speed," Kelce said. "I’m not used to eating like this this early in the morning. I’m usually eating eggs and bacon. But this was awesome. It was a great experience. But the speed got me. I’m usually not a fast eater, and I know I could have gone another 14 minutes eating. But the speed factor was killing me. I’ve never seen anyone eat as fast as these people. It’s amazing."
Accompanying Kelce was Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who made his first public appearance in Philly last year at the event. To no surprise, given the success of his rookie season, Kelly was well received this year:
As Kelly walked through the staging menagerie, amid a row of double takes as he passed, one woman from a football float screamed, "Chip Kelly, you’re so hot!" Kelly laughed and shook his heads. He made sure to extend a hand to everyone who recognized him. While others just gawked, viewing him like a sage.
The winner of Wing Bowl 22 was Molly Schuyler, who ate a record breaking 363 wings. I have to say, that's pretty impressive. Schuyler is the second ever woman to win the Wing Bowl. Complete coverage of Wing Bowl 22 (pictures, video, etc.) can be found here.