In 1956, the Oregon State and Iowa football teams participated in the inaugural Lawry’s Beef Bowl. The concept is simple: Eat to your heart’s content.
Lawry’s serves the players salad, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, whipped cream horseradish, apple pie, and the main attraction — prime rib. Players are encouraged to eat as much as they like. And the Ducks certainly did on Monday night.
Linebacker Casey Matthews was the Ducks’ big eater, scarfing down four plates of food. Fellow linebacker Spencer Paysinger, however, would like to add an asterisk to his title. “We both had four steaks. But he says it’s under review because there was a little piece of meat left on my bones.”
Matthews apparently has a legacy to uphold. According to offensive lineman Carson York, Matthews’ older brother, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, ate eight plates of Lawry’s prime rib and sides in a single Beef Bowl.
“He (Casey) shamed the big guys,” York said. “I didn’t do well at all. We had In ‘N Out after practice and I had too much of that. I only ate a steak and a half.”
Running back Kenjon Barner and tight end David Paulson confessed to downing two plates each.
“The prime rib was amazing –- it’s the best I’ve ever had,” Paulson said.