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Game Day Parties: Prepping Like a Pro

The competitive nature of pro athletes doesn’t just up and leave once they retire. Meal time suddenly becomes Kitchen Stadium a la Iron Chef, exterior holiday decor can be seen from space and chores are a race against the clock. Former pro quarterback, Jordan Palmer, knows this all too well as he cleans up after his kids’ playdate before his wife’s friends come over to watch the game. Palmer on his wife’s expectations, “It’s gotta look like a HGTV show not a frat house.” Smart move. Happy wife…you know the saying.

Joy Taylor, co-host of Speak on FS1, clocks Jordan as he goes for the championship clean up strategy. Sweat starts to slow Jordan down but he stays determined to be the perfect host in DIRECTV Studio’s Sunday Setup.

 This got us thinking how other former players might be prepping their home for game day parties.

Jesse Palmer

Jesse Palmer, the former 49ers quarterback and former Bachelor was a stud on and off the field. Palmer is still a popular face on television with his many hosting gigs along with giving advice to hopeless romantics awaiting a rose ceremony. Tuning into Bachelor in Paradise over at Jesse’s house, we expect the former star and now host of the franchise to have the absolute best charcuterie board game in the league. His meat and cheese pairings would be unparalleled as he leans into his romantic side. We also imagine Jesse to have an impressive sweets table since he’s probably learned a thing or two hosting The Holiday Baking Challenge on Food Network.  When Palmer watches Trey Lance, the 49ers rookie, he’ll need a comfort cookie or two. The Niners are transitioning to a new leadership after a dramatic off season and giving former quarterback, Jimmy Garoppollo, the boot.

LeSean McCoy

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We definitely think former Bills captain and current host of Speak on FS1, LeSean McCoy, would approve of his colleague’s commentary on Jordan’s performance. We suspect LeSean will be perfecting his  buffalo wing recipe all season as the Bills look like contenders for the big game.  As a Bill, LeSean could do everything on the field. His pass catching was impeccable, he rushed for 10,000 yards and could even block. Unfortunately, during his time on the Bills they didn’t have the weapons and quarterback they do now in future star, Josh Allen. 

Kurt Warner

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Hall of Fame Pro Football quarterback, Kurt Warner, played for St. Louis, but hosted game day coverage for the Rams Super Bowl win in Los Angeles. The record setting huddle general known for his kindness and faith would share his specialty tater tot casserole with guests, perfect for a church potluck or game day party. The Rams, after a historical season, are filled with holes in their offense and defense this year. Kurt always kept the Rams as the greatest show on turf but that’s not the vibe in SoFi this year. They even lost Super Bowl MVP linebacker and Dancing with the Stars alum, Von Miller, to rival team and season opener the Bills. Luckily, the Rams still have their quarterback in Matthew Stafford and defensive Pro Bowl phenom Aaron Donald. 

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