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 tailgate experience at Super Bowl LII Minneapolis 2018! Here is a look back at Super Bowl 2017 Players Tailgate!

The Food:

Celebrity Chef for for 2016 & 2017 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

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

Guy Fieri – Celebrity Chef for the 2016, 2017 and once again 2018 Players Tailgate Head Chef. Guy Fieri, the most recognizable Chef in America, will be creating an exclusive all-you-can-eat menu for The Players Tailgate attendees again in Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl.

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.

Eddie Jackson –Celebrity

Eddie Jackson –Celebrity “Fit” Chef for the 2017 Players Tailgate

2017 & 2018 Chef Eddie Jackson Season 11 winner of the “Next Food Network Star,” Jackson has created a unique style of cooking that combines two of his greatest passions, food and fitness. After retiring from a successful career in the NFL, Jackson took time to tirelessly hone his cooking craft, competing and finishing in the top 6 of Fox’s “MasterChef” in season 4. Jackson can be seen on Food Network’s “BBQ Blitz.”

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 & will be again for 2018 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

2015, 2016, 2017 and 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.

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.


2017 Chef Douglas Rodriquez

2017 Chef Douglas Rodriquez is the globally acclaimed “Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine,” Douglas Rodriguez has blazed a trail that has inspired popular chefs around the world to take after his culinary creativity. Selected as one of the 100 Americans that will influence the coming millennium in the culinary industry, Rodriguez is one of the distinguished culinary elite to be on the first season of “Top Chef Masters” on Bravo.

Rodriguez can also be seen in a myriad on national publications, such as Food and Wine, Metropolitan Home, Esquire and Bon Appétit. The popular chef has also made numerous television appearances on shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, The Today Show and CBS Weekend Morning.


2017 Chef Reno Henriques

2017 Chef Reno Henriques is the renowned chef and owner of Fresh Catch, an island-style restaraunt specializing in seafood and world-class deli meats, Reno Henriques has created a unique culinary style. Known as the “Poke master of Hawai’i,” Henriques graduated from the Western Culinary institute in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, Henriques chased his dream of preparing delectable seafood dishes, inspired by his childhood next to the ocean, diving and fishing.


2017 Chef Rodolfo Valdes

2017 Chef Rodolfo Valdes was born into a family of restauranteurs, Valdes knew from a young age that enjoyed providing people with a good meal. After graduating from the School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute, Valdes honed his craft while studying at the world renowned Cordon Bleu in Paris, France and London, England.

Valdes is currently executive chef at the Pan Y Agua restaurant group, founded in 2008 with Crave Kitchen & Bar in Cincinnati, OH. Pan Y Agua boasts some of the best restaurants in the country, with four Crave locations, Independent Burger and TI:ME at Montecillo.

2017 Chef Pete Blohme

2017 Chef Pete Blohme

2017 Chef Pete Blohme is the Owner and executive chef of Panini Pete’s Cafe and Bakeshop in Fairhope, Alabama, Pete Blohme has made headlines nationwide. Being featured with Guy Fieri on shows such as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Big Bite on Food Network, as well as CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama.

ole-hickory-bbqOle Hickory BBQ Pits will be on hand at the Players Tailgate! Manufacturing wood burning smoker ovens and barbecue pits, Ole Hickory utilizes their state of the art equipment to help produce good, old-fashioned barbecue.

Pioneers in the barbecuing business since 1974, Ole Hickory provides services worldwide, from commercial ventures to small “mom-and-pop” operators. An Ole Hickory BBQ Pit will be set up at the 2017 Players Tailgate to help in the creation of a Texas-sized barbecue feast!

The Venue:

2017 Players Tailgate venue for Super Bowl LI

The 2017 venue for The Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI was in a prime location located only 1 1/2 blocks from the entrance to the Super Bowl at NRG Stadium. Bullseye Event Group transformed Mike Calvert Toyota in Houston into the hottest pre-game VIP party. 2018 Players Tailgate venue for Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis is in the works. Location announced very soon.

2017 Players Tailgate Host & Emcee:

Jaymee Sire, ESPN SportsCenter AM

Lead anchor of ESPNs flagship morning show, SportsCenter AM, Jaymee Sire’s Emmy-award winning style and signature have become synonymous with ESPN. Sire has also appeared on various other ESPN programming, such as NFL Live, NFL Insiders, Fantasy Football Now and College Football Live.

Aside from her hosting and reporting duties at ESPN, Sire also has a passion for food. Sire was the official host of the 2016 NYC Wine and Food Festival, and has described herself as a self-proclaimed “foodie,” making her the perfect fit for the 2017 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI.

2017 & 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

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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