The 2018 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl 52

The 2017 Super Bowl Players Tailgate was rated as the #1 gameday experience in Houston. Sold out 3 years running.

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2017 Players Attended:

With 6 Super Bowl Champions, a combined 28 NFL Pro Bowl selections, 18 All-Pro awards, and 7 first-round NFL Draft selections the 2017 Players Tailgate offers VIP guests a chance to hang out with some of the biggest names currently playing pro football.

Super Bowl Tailgate Party Details

Get ready for the ultimate Super Bowl Party experience in Minneapolis! 

The Food:

Celebrity Chef for for 2016 & 2017 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri – Celebrity Chef for the 2016 & 2017 Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri, the most recognizable Chef in America, returns to bring his signature recipes and style as the headliner to an exclusive all-you-can-eat menu for The Players Tailgate attendees again in Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl. This is Guy’s third Players Tailgate (2016, 2017 and upcoming 2018) and each time he has upped the menu!

Guy Fieri can be seen on television almost every day on the Food Network. His shows include Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite, Guy Off the Hook, Dinner: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, The Next Food Network Star, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Minute to Win It, just to name a few.

Aaron May - Celebrity Chef for 2015, 2016 2017 & will be again for 2018 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

Aaron May – Celebrity Chef for 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl

2018 Chef Aaron May is a top chef in America can prepare an incredible meal for 2 to 200 people, in order to considered one of the best caterers in America you need to be able to create a meal for 2200 and have it as good as that meal for 2 to 200. That is why Aaron May is considered the BEST caterer in the US. Aaron has been part of The Players Tailgate for the last 4 years.

Chef May is classically trained in Paris at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier and is inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame in 2010 as a “Chef Extraordinaire.” He has been featured on Food Network’s wildly popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and TLC’s Best Food Ever. His fiercely loyal fan base has recognized him with many local awards, including “Best Tapas” and “Best Speakeasy,” and he has also garnered attention from national publications such as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset Magazine and USA Today.

A quick mind and a low threshold for boredom, which goes a long way toward explaining the restaurant empire he’s building. Given his passion for food and irrepressible creativity, is why he is considered one of the top caterers in America.

Chef Akria Back – 2018

2018 Chef Akira Back was just awarded the 2018 Michelin Star recipient.

The Michelin Star is the highest honor a chef can earn for a restaurant. The Michelin star is the most coveted award a chef can achieve and we are honored to have his greatness at the Players Tailgate

Chef Akira Back appears on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,”, NBC’s “The Today Show,” Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” The Cooking Channel’s “United Tastes of America,”. Chef Akira Back is Executive Chef and Partner of the prestigious Hakkasan Group. Akira Back restaurants include Kumi Japanese Restaurant +Bar by Akira Back at Mandalay Bay and the famed Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Chef Akira Back opened his namesake brand, Akira Back Restaurants in Singapore, New Delhi and Jakarta with additional locations opening in Toronto, Dubai and Bangkok, as well as DOSA in Seoul Korea.

Chef Akira Back has been awarded the title of “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality (2008) and has had the distinct honor of hosting the prestigious James Beard House dinners (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013 & 2014). Since opening Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge in 2008, Chef Back has been named “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. Chef Back has also participated in some of the culinary world’s most prestigious events, including Aspen Food & Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d amongst others

2018 Chef Brian Malarkey

2018 Chef Brian Malarkey is a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, makes regular appearances on the Today Show, and was a Top Chef finalist and a winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste.

Chef Brian Malarkey has created more than a dozen wildly successful restaurants across the United States including Herb & Wood, his newest concept in San Diego’s buzzing gastronomic neighborhood of Little Italy, which Zagat named one of 2016’s biggest restaurant openings and has been named “the most thoughtful, exquisitely executed, stylish restaurant of the year.” Malarkey’s other restaurants, under the management of prestigious Hakkasan Group that include Searsucker (San Diego, Del Mar, Austin, Las Vegas) and Herringbone (La Jolla, Santa Monica, Las Vegas). He is also the partner/operator of three healthy, fast-service restaurants in San Diego named Green Acre, and Farmer & The Seahorse and chef/partner of Herb & Eatery, a market and cafe, connected to Herb & Wood.

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The Menu:

The all-you-can-eat menu for the 2018 Players Tailgate includes:

Award-Winning BBQ

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri, in conjunction with 2017 CNN Hero Finalist Operation BBQ Relief, will get together to create an incredible BBQ spread, including whole hogs, brisket, prize-winning turkey, all with Guy Fieri’s famous rubs and sauces, slow-smoked by the award winning pit masters at Operation BBQ Relief.

Korean Fried Chicken

Korean fried chicken served with kimchi Korean BBQ and herbs, served on steamed buns, curated and served up by Top Chef finalist and ABC’s The Taste winning mentor Brian Malarkey.

Jet Fresh Poke, Sashimi and Sushi

A delicious array of fresh-flown in poke, gourmet sashimi and sushi, created by 2018 Michelin Star award winner chef Akira Back, who can be seen on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, NBC’s The Today Show, and Cooking Channel’s United Tastes.

Prime Time Prime Rib Sandwiches

Delicious prime rib sandwiches, garnished with truffle and gruyere on fresh baked rolls, served up by the best caterer in America, Food Network’s celebrity chef Aaron May.

LoLo’s Raw Bar

Served up by chef Raymond Mohan of LoLo’s Seafood Shack in NYC, enjoy fresh caviar, crab legs, oysters, shrimp and lobster.

Frank’s RedHot® Bullseye Brunch Bar

New at the 2018 Players Tailgate is the incredible Frank’s RedHot Bullseye Brunch Bar, with delicious Frank’s RedHot bloody Mary’s, Sweet Chili chicken and waffles, bacon and egg sandwiches, and breakfast tater tots served with a special blend of Frank’s RedHot and French’s® Tomato Ketchup.

Flavortown Finale

And after all that, head over to the Flavortown Finale dessert station to dive into fresh, hot doughnuts, complete with Minnesota’s biggest hot chocolate bar and plenty of assorted desserts.

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The Venue:

2018 Players Tailgate venue for Super Bowl 52

The 2018 venue for The Players Tailgate at Super Bowl 52 in in a prime location located only 2 1/2 blocks from the entrance to the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium. Even better, our venue will be a 30,000 square foot pavilion with a massive heating system, sub floor and will be 72 degrees! Not to mention it will be right across the street from a skywalk to the stadium.

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2018 Players Tailgate Host & Emcee:

Charissa Thompson, Fox NFL Kickoff

The 2018 Host is something we take great pride in selecting. When you have had Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Lindsey Czarniak and Jaymee Sire as your previous hosts; these are big shoes to fill. Each year we take our time, to find an Emcee that is on top of their game and one we feel our Players Tailgate guests will respond to. This year’s 2018 selection is Charissa Thompson.

Charissa Thompson has been seen on and off the field. Charissa Thompson served as the permanent co-host for the Hollywood news magazine, Extra with Mario Lopez and is now the current host of FOX NFL KICKOFF and Sunday FOX NFL pregame show.

Charissa has worked countless high-profile events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl XLV and the BCS National Championship. Previous work includes hosting ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie and ESPN’s SportsNation before becoming the face of FOX SPORTS LIVE.

Thompson serves as FOX NFL KICKOFF’s versatile ringmaster – conducting interviews, leading segments and deftly moderating discussions and is the Sunday game-break anchor for the NFL on FOX.

2018 Players Tailgate DJ:

DJ Irie

As the first professional sports franchise DJ in the United States, DJ Irie is the official DJ of some of the most iconic brands in the world, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, the Miami Heat, Target, Mountain Dew Kickstart, Evian, Jamie Foxx and more, making himself one of the most established DJ’s in the industry.

At the 2018 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LII, DJ Irie will be providing his world-class entertainment to help set the stage for the biggest and best pre-game tailgate in Minneapolis before Super Bowl 52.

Previous Players Tailgate Hosts & Emcees

Jaymee Sire – 2017 Host & Emcee




erin-andrews Erin Andrews – 2016 Host & Emcee

lindsey-czarniak Lindsey Czarniak – 2013 & 2015 Emcee

marcus-samuellson Marcus Samuellson – 2014 Host

michael-strahan Michael Strahan – 2014 Emcee

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Odell Beckahm Jr. – WR

Three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and two-time All Pro wide receiver for the New York Giants. Beckham is the fastest player in NFL history to reach 200 career receptions and 2,000 receiving yards.

Dak Prescott – QB

The 2016-17 NFL Rookie of the Year and a 2016 Pro Bowl Selection, quarterback Dak Prescott led the Dallas Cowboys to an NFL-best 13-3 record. Prescott was awarded the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week five times in the 2016 season.

Landon Collins – S

Pro Bowl Safety and First-team All Pro. First round draft by the Giants after being a unanimous All-American at Alabama. The only player in NFL history to have 100 solo tackles, 2+ sacks, 5+ ints, and 12+ pass deflections.

Derrick Brooks – LB

A Super Bowl XXXVII champion and 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, linebacker Derrick Brooks also recorded 11 Pro Bowl selections, NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002 and over 1,715 tackles in his 13-year career.

Julius Thomas – TE

Two-time Pro Bowl TE. Played in Super Bowl XLVIII as a member of the Denver Broncos. During that season, caught Peyton Manning’s 51st td pass (which set the QB season record).

Jarvis Landry – WR

Two-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Miami Dolphins, Landry holds the record for most receptions in a player’s first two seasons (194). Landry finished the 2016 season with 1,136 yards and four touchdowns.

Jalen Ramsey – CB

Drafted 5th overall in the 2016 draft by Jacksonville. Was an All-American CB at Florida State. His first NFL interception was in Week 15 in NRG Stadium.

Terrance Williams – WR

All American WR out of Baylor. In 2013, set Dallas franchise WR records for rookies with most receiving yards and most receiving touchdowns.

T.J. Ward – S

“Boss” is a Super Bowl Champion, All-Pro and 2x Pro Bowl. 2015 Denver Bronco defense was #1 in the NFL.

Cameron Jordan – DE

A two-time Pro Bowl selection and first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Jordan returns for his third Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl.

Mychal Kendricks – LB

46th overall pick from 2012 draft. Mychal attended Cal. His first pro sack was against Tony Romo.

Emmanuel Sanders – WR

Super Bowl 50 champion and two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Denver Broncos, Sanders has recorded over 5,600 yards and 31 touchdowns in his six-year NFL career.

Allen Robinson Jr. – WR

Pro-bowler and two-time first team Big Ten all-American at Penn State. Led NFL in touchdown receptions in 2015, a Jaguars franchise record.

Corey Coleman – WR

#15 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Coleman recorded 413 yards on 33 receptions and 3 touchdowns in his rookie season.

Dante Fowler Jr. – DE

#3 overall pick in 2015 NFL Draft. First-team all ACC in 2014 at University of Florida, recorded 32 tackles and four sacks in his first full season in 2016.

Jacquies Smith – DE

An up-and-coming star for the Buccaneers, in Smith’s first 18 NFL starts, he recorded a combined 39 tackles, 14 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Dannell Ellerbe – LB

Super Bowl XLVII champion with Baltimore Ravens, accumulated 368 tackles and 10.5 sacks in his seven year career.

Kenny Hilliard – RB

Running back for Houston Texans, 2011 SEC champion out of LSU, 7th-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Brandon Williams – DT

Third-round draft pick in 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, recorded 156 tackles and 4.5 sacks in first four years in the league.

DJ Hayden – CB

#12 overall pick in 2013 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, first-team All-Conference USA at University of Houston in 2012.

Kendall Wright – WR

Drafted #20 overall in 2012 NFL Draft by Tennessee Titans. First-team All-American in 2011 at Baylor University.

Avery Williamson – LB

Drafted in 5th round of 2014 NFL Draft, recorded 242 tackles, 8.5 sacks in career with the Tennessee Titans.

Jeff Allen – OG

Second-round draft pick by Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 NFL Draft, has started 36 total games and appeared in 44, including starting all 16 games his rookie season.

Seth Roberts – WR

Signed as UDFA in 2014, recording 35 receptions and five touchdowns in 2016 with the Raiders.

Carlos Hyde – RB

Amece-Dayne Running Back of the Year in the NCAA in 2013 at Ohio State, recorded six touchdowns and 988 yards in 13 starts in 2016.

Robert Nelson – CB

First-team All-Pac 12 in 2013 at Arizona State, recorded 20 tackles and one interception in first full year of action in 2016

Eric Kendricks – LB

Second-round draft pick by Minnesota Vikings in 2015 NFL Draft, named to PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2015. NFC Defensive POTW in Week 1 of 2016 NFL Season.

Kelvin Beachum – OT

Appeared in 44 games, starting 39, for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2012-2015 before becoming starting left tackle for Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016.

Tyler Boyd – WR

Second-round pick out of University of Pittsburgh in 2016 NFL Draft, 54 receptions for 603 yards and one touchdown in rookie season. Totaled 3,308 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns throughout his college career at Pitt.

Brandon Marshall – LB

Super Bowl 50 champion. Started first full season in 2015, finishing second in tackles and helping lead #1 defense to Super Bowl title.

Karlos Dansby – LB

First-team All-American in 2003 at Auburn University, second-round pick by Arizona Cardinals. 1,297 total career tackles, 42 sacks and 19 interceptions.

Earl Bennett – WR

Three-time All-SEC receiver at Vanderbilt, career 185 receptions for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Akeem Hunt – RB

UDFA out of Purdue in 2015, promoted to Texans active roster in 2016. 173 attempts for 949 yards and six touchdowns in final season at Purdue.

James Anderson – LB

Third-round pick in 2006 NFL Draft, 561 career tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles.
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