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NFL Players Moms Recipes

February 5, 2012 by staff 

NFL Players Moms Recipes, The Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event of the year. Aside from the final score and the supersized commercials, the most anticipated part of the day is without a doubt the food. We asked some of the NFL’s finest what they like to chow down on when they are not scoring touchdowns. It turns out a few players are pretty savvy cooks, but like good sons, most give props to Mom. After all, she has as much to say in the kitchen as the coaches do on the field.
Jerome “The Bus” Bettis and Mom Gladys Bettis
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Jerome “The Bus” Bettis retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers after a victory at Super Bowl XL. Proud mama Gladys couldn’t have been happier to have her hometown of Detroit host the big game. Always there for support, Gladys traveled to nearly every game during her son’s illustrious career. One of the team’s most-loved players, according Gladys, “[Jerome] would call me up and say, ‘Mom, I’m coming home for Thanksgiving and bringing the guys with me.’” A classic dessert of sweet potato pie is always on the Bettis holiday table, and that includes the celebratory feast on Super Bowl Sunday. Good thing too, because it’s The Bus’s favorite.

LaMarr Woodley and Mom Janice Staples
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley works his magic both on the field and in the kitchen. The 265 lb. 6’2″ strapping athlete kicks off his day with a hearty morning meal. Woodley boasts, “I can make a good breakfast.” What’s his breakfast of champions? Pancakes, scrambled eggs with cheese, and perfectly crisp toast. However, on the big day it’s his mom, Janice Staples, who prepares her ultimate Super Bowl Mac ‘n Cheese. “It’s real cheesy,” says Woodley, “with extra cheese like on a cheese pizza. I love cheese, so the more in my Mac ‘n Cheese the better.”

Reggie Wells and Mom Diane Wells
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Well-fed Carolina Panthers guard Reggie Wells is used to big Sunday dinners at home. At the Wellses’ house, the Super Bowl is no different than any given Sunday. “We call it Super Bowl Fun Day,” says Mom Diane. “It’s not only about football, but also about family and friends.” Wells tries to make his way back to his home for what he says are “very special and memorable times with the fam.” So what’s his favorite Fun Day food? His mom’s Homemade Pepperoni Rolls with Marinara Dipping Sauce.

Anthony Adams and Mom Connie Davis
anthony adams, connie davis, super bowl, lasagna Connie Davis, mother of Chicago Bears tackle Anthony Adams, taught her son to do right. When the Super Bowl came to Detroit, he promised tickets to his mom, but instead felt compelled to give them to a student at a school program for inner-city youth. According to Davis, “He hoped it would inspire the student to continue on the right path.” It certainly did. Davis says the young man is currently an honors student. So what did the family eat when they stayed home to watch the game on TV? Mom Connie’s superior Super Bowl Lasagna Extravaganza!
Branden Albert
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According to Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert, a Super Bowl menu isn’t complete unless pepperoni pizza and Buffalo wings are in the house. “Without question [wings] make the perfect Super Bowl meal,” says Albert. Even more perfect, Albert takes matters into his own hands with his personal recipe for spicy hot wings. His secret? Slow cooking. Tackle Albert’s simple recipe for these tender hot wings and you will definitely score points with your guests.

Mike Nugent and Mom Carolyn Nugent
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Ohio native and Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent wowed the fans in 2006 as a New York Jet with a career-best 54-yard field goal. His mom, Carolyn Nugent, is the captain of their Super Bowl table. The star of their spread? A nod to the Nugents’ hometown of Dayton. Explains Nugent, “[My mom] makes something called Dayton Dip, which is basically sausage in cheese sauce.” Sausage and cheese? Dayton Dip may just sweep the nation!

Kerry Rhodes and Mom Jubrella Rhodes
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Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes is an NFL player to watch. A 2010 NFL season leader in interception return yardage with 174, Rhodes keeps up his strength by eating his mom’s home cooking. “My mom makes the best chili in the world,” says Rhodes. On Super Bowl Sunday, Rhodes is just like the rest of us, chowing down on his “fave” Buffalo wings. Since Rhodes did not give up his mom’s secret chili recipe, you’ll have to settle for Good Housekeeping’s super-easy recipe for wings for your own Super Bowl fest.

Vernon Gholston and Mom Cheryl Gholston
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Chicago Bears defensive end Vernon Gholston made it to the big time in 2008, when he was drafted by the New York Jets. A pizza fanatic, joining the Jets brought Gholston easy access to an authentic New York pie, which always makes an appearance on his game day menu. But unlike most of us, Gholston swaps out the traditional Super Bowl staple, Buffalo wings, for succulent ribs. “My mom would always get us ribs,” says Gholston. Unfortunately, as a traveling football player, it’s been a while since Gholston has made it back to Detroit for some of mom Cheryl’s home cooking. What does Gholston miss most? “I like breakfast and [my mom] makes pretty good pancakes.”

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