Americans expected to consume a record number of chicken wings during Super Bowl LIII weekend

Americans expected to consume a record number of chicken wings during Super Bowl LIII weekend
Posted at 11:02 AM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 12:15:46-05

Chicken wings: one of the most popular menu items at every Super Bowl party.

According to the National Chicken Council, Americans are expected to consume an all-time high of 1.38 billion chicken wings during this year's Super Bowl weekend. That's about a two percent increase last year or about 27 million wings.

Now that's a lot of chicken wings. So we put it into perspective for you:

  • If 1.38 billion wings were laid end to end, they would stretch back and forth 28 times from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
  • 1.38 billion wings weigh 6,600 times more than the combined weight of both the Patriots' and Rams' entire rosters.
  • Enough to put 640 wings on every seat in all 31 NFL stadiums.
  • Enough to circle the Earth 3 times.
  • If each wing were one second, 1.38 billion wings would be 44 years.
  • That's 4 wings for every man, woman and child in the United States.

"Whether you're a fan of the left wing or the right wing, there's no debate – or controversial missed calls – about America's favorite Super Bowl food," said National Chicken Council spokesperson Tom Super.

And if you eat enough chicken wings to get a chicken hangover, the NCC is trying their best to make the Monday after the Super Bowl "National Chicken Wing Appreciation Day." In fact, they are petitioning President Trump and Congress to declare it a federal holiday.

If you want to sign the petition, you can check out their website here.

The National Chicken Council is the non-profit trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. that represents U.S. chicken producers, the companies that produce and process chickens raised for meat. 

Member companies of the council account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.

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