Everyone knows that football lineman like to eat. It’s in the nature; if they aren’t big, they probably aren’t playing. Still, actually watching a lineman for a championship contending squad hit a buffet is among the more impressive and mesmerizing things you can witness.
First, a caveat about the video you see here from the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer: This was a lunch buffet, i.e. a working meal and not the heaviest these football players would take in on Monday. Luckily for us, that didn’t mean they were holding back.
In a brilliant decision, Sondheimer (or someone else with the camera) decided to follow around Silverado lineman Tyson Pauling, a 6-foot-5, 325-pound behemoth of a teenager who eats exactly like you’d expect him to: A lot, of everything, and then some more of everything.
Salad? Got to whet the appetite with something. Mashed potatoes? Yes please. Chicken piccata? Of course. Prime rib? Three slices or we’re not having fun.
That was the first plate. Pauling came back for seconds, with more of the same, plus a full round of desert that went far beyond a single slice of chocolate cake. This was an impressive eating adventure, especially for a lunch? Does it ensure that Silverado will pull out the win in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section final? Hardly, though at least it’s a sure sign that the team will be well fed.