I'm sorry to break it to everyone, but the claim is false. The maximum amount of players on a college football roster is around 125 (typically less) so that means that at tops 250 players ate at the dinner. That would be an average of 20 pounds per player. The Beer Mug Sports report on it stated, "Even if there were 400 people in attendance, that would equate to 4 rolls and 3 pounds of cheesecake each." So if there were 400 people in attendance, that would be an average of 12.5 pounds of food per person. Jared Aarons, sports director at KGAN/KFXA in Cedar Rapid, was the one to initially report the claim.
It's physically impossible for that many people to eat that much. If it was true, we would be hearing about hundreds of people making trips to the hospital.
According to a report on NBCNews.com,
"Normally, your stomach can hold about one or one-and-a-half liters, Vreeman says -- this is the point you may reach if you overdo it tomorrow, when you feel full to the point of nausea. Pathologists' reports seem to suggest the stomach is able to do OK handling up to about three liters, but most cases of rupture seem to occur when a person has attempted to stuff their stomach with about five liters of food or fluid."
Once again sorry fans, but it's a media sham. What could be the possible reasons for the fabrication - the bowl may sell some more tickets, the ratings get a boost, and Outback gets some more customers. Don't get me wrong that I believe they ate dinner, but the numbers were contrived to promote the event. As the letter below states, "Tomorrow the teams will visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for a fun day of coasters and animal encounters." Even more amazing is for someone to overeat enough for a stomach rupture and then go on "coasters" the next day. Give me a break.