3 NFL Players Compete to Win Our Super Bowl Recipe Playoff With Their Best Wings

by Rose Marie Walano 3:00 AM, February 1, 2018

Aired February 1, 2018

Super Bowl 52 is THIS Sunday (February 4 at 6:30 p.m.), which means it’s time for our 11th annual “Super Bowl Recipe Playoff!”

But this year, we put a twist on the classic!

For the first time ever, we gave three of our favorite runners-up from past cook-offs a second chance at victory in what we’re calling…


*dun, dun, dunnnnnn*

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Splitting the field three ways for this special occasion, we had —

New York Jets center Nick Mangold, who made a buffalo wing, an Asian-inspired wing and a wing with his own BBQ sauce…

…Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, with honey chipotle barbecue chicken wings and guac…


…and Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara, who whipped up baked chicken wings.

But only ONE man could take home the coveted Super Bowl Recipe Playoff ring -- and bragging rights for life that his wing recipe scored the winning touchdown on the "Rachael Ray" show!

And the judge? None other than our good friend, chef Andrew Zimmern, who hails from Minneapolis, where Super Bowl LII is being hosted this year!

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After LOTS of taste-testing — and sticky fingers — Andrew confessed, it was a tough one! "I judge a lot of stuff on TV and off,” he says, “and the level of cooking with all three plates of wings was absolutely spectacular!''

But the MVP?

Number 74, Nick Mangold!!!!

The trick to his winning wings? Not only did he serve up three separate sauce options, but he also butchered them all up himself so that he could serve them like "lollipops." Look at these beauties:

Get it, Nick!

Watch the showdown in the video above!

And go behind-the-scenes with our athletic chefs in the video below!

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