NFL players spend $50k on cult Napa Cabernets

13th June, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Players from NFL team the Philadelphia Eagles spent a whopping US$64,055 on a night out this week, spending over $55,000 on cult Napa Cabernet and Louis XIII Cognac – or did they?

eagles-rookie-bill-640x767The 16 players on the team’s offensive line up were out at for dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Philadelphia on Thursday.

A picture of the bill was posted on Twitter by Eagles’ offensive guard, Evan Mathis with the caption: “Teaching rookies a lesson” though he clarified afterwards that he and not the new players had paid.

He was referring to a meal last weekend where some of the rookies picked up a $17,000 tab at the same restaurant which also included close to $10,000 worth of wine.

However, that was dwarfed by this recent bill, as the 16 players washed down $1,000 worth of steaks with a whole case of Harlan Estate 2006, half a case of 2005 Screaming Eagle, three Jeroboams of 2009 Shafer Hillside Select, 18 glasses of Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Cognac and a shot of Kamikaze each.

The drinks bill alone came to just over $55,000, the 12 bottles of Harlan costing $17,940, the three Jeroboams of Shafer a further $7,950 and six bottles of Screaming Eagle $20,970.

“Rookie dinners” are an old tradition in the NFL where new players, “rookies”, in their first or second years with the team pick up large dinner bills or carry older players’ pads after training.

In one notorious incident, back in 2010 then rookie Dez Bryant who plays for the Dallas Cowboys was lumbered with a $54,000 dinner bill after refusing to carry kit for other players.

However, following an unpleasant episode at the Miami Dolphins last year where rookie initiation, or hazing as its also known, caused a young player to quit the team the NFL has cracked down on such practices.

The rookies who picked up the bill last weekend stressed that it had been a voluntary decision to take out some of the veterans (including Mathis) and Mathis said he paid for the latest bill.

Seen in this light his “teaching the rookies a lesson” quip is more likely meant as, “showing them how it’s really done”.

Evan MathisHowever, there is one final twist. Mathis (pictured above) is known as being something of a practical joker and one sports writer in the US who called up Del Frisco’s to ask about the bill was told that the Eagles were never there at all on Thursday night.

4 Responses to “NFL players spend $50k on cult Napa Cabernets”

  1. Eric says:

    “ROCK PAPER SCISSORS ROSHAMBO”

    It’s a total joke.

  2. EJ says:

    They ought to teach rookies financial management instead of excess, and maybe so many of them wouldn’t go (a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_finances_of_professional_American_athletes”> bankrupt.

  3. Dan says:

    Tell me, what restaurant in this country has a 3% automatic gratuity policy…? This server’s tip out would be larger than the auto-grat.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Sales Manager – Midlands and South West

Pol Roger Portfolio
Midlands and South West

UK Brand Ambassador - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Grocery (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Wholesale RTM (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Digital Marketing Manager

Master of Malt
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Experienced On Trade Sales Person

Borough Wine Imports
London, GB

3 x Business Development Executive

The Lakes Distillery Company Limited
Newcastle head office and nationwide, UK

Editor

Master of Malt Ltd
Tunbridge Wells(Kent)

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Brand Manager

Hallgarten Druitt
Luton, UK

Experienced On-Trade Salespeople Required

Portal Wines and Spirits
London, UK

Purchasing and Sales (Wine Trader)

JF Tobias
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 17th April 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th April 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more