Professional athletes have some interesting habits and the Pittsburgh Steelers are no different.
For many athletes, how they dress, get taped and, most important, what they eat is rehearsed until it becomes muscle memory. There are many stories of legendary pregame meals, but for the Steelers, what may be more important is what they consume before practice.
That would be Smucker’s Uncrustables — prepackaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in what looks like a cream puff made out of white bread without the crust. The Steelers go through dozens of boxes of Uncrustables in a week.
“I had one right before practice, right there on the field before warm-ups,” Steelers cornerback Artie Burns told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “You get the good mixture of the jelly, peanut butter and bread. It just gives you a nice little settling of your stomach as you go out there.”
It makes sense. The sandwiches are small but far from empty. It sounds like a great way to avoid hunger pains during practice.
This is just the latest example of how peanut butter and jelly has become a staple in professional sports. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes wrote a feature story in 2016 about how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might be the No. 1 demand of NBA players before every game.