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Casey Hampton, a Ravens fan and a hot dog


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

There’s nobody who has played in more Steelers/Ravens game than Casey Hampton.

So the guy that they call “Big Snack” knows a thing or two about how intense the rivalry can get between fans … and between fans and players.

Hampton is well aware what lies in front of him when the Steelers travel to M&T Bank Stadium for Sunday’s AFC North showdown with the Ravens.

“They are tough,” said Hampton of the Baltimore fans. “They talk just as bad as anybody else. I’ve heard every fat thing in the world so that doesn’t bother me too much. Sticks and stones, man, I know I’m fat it ain’t no big deal.”

One fan, according to Hampton, takes it to a different level.

“There’s one fan, I don’t know his name but we go at it every year,” Hampton said. “He brings me a hot dog out and everything. He takes care of me. That’s my guy.”

The followup question, of course, is does Hampton eat the hot dog?

“All the time, no question,” said Hampton. “After the first couple of times seeing there was nothing wrong with it. It’s pretty good. Just plain, before the game I don’t want to upset my stomach too much. I just eat it plain. Usually, I’ll put ketchup and mustard on [a hot dog] though. A little gatorade with it, it’s good.”

And now you know why Casey Hampton is a lock to win the Chief Award this year.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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