Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has his team on a roll. On Wednesday, he brought home the bologna.

 

Not the bacon, mind you. Marrone is a bologna guy, something he mentioned recently to local sports writers. A trade group for the beef industry saw a chance to make some hay, so it sent the coach 350 pounds of the stuff. And he regifted all but five of the 100 logs of sandwich stuffing to Feeding Northeast Florida.

“This should be enough to feed about 300 people,” said Frank Castillo, interim CEO of the food bank that serves eight area counties including Duval.

Marrone’s appetite for bologna came to light last month after an overtime victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. When asked afterward how excited he was, he told reporters he was really just looking forward to going home to pet his dogs and relax with a couple bologna sandwiches.

“When I was in college at Syracuse, I remember people saying, ‘My God! How can you eat bologna?’ ” Marrone told ESPN in a story published Friday. “And I always like bologna because bologna, you never have to throw it out. In other words, if it’s in the refrigerator and you get a little film on it, then you just fry it and it tastes just as good.”

The story caught the attention of Eric Mittenthal, the president of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. He wanted to get in on the fun so he sent a pallet of Boar’s Head beef bologna to EverBank Field on Wednesday morning.

By afternoon, it was moved to the Feeding Northeast Florida facility.

Castillo said the bologna sweepstakes starts Thursday morning, when area nonprofits will line up at the door to do their regular shopping. Among the groceries available will be the Marrone Bologna.

Marrone said, “I don’t know if when they looked at it, they said, ‘Well let’s send them down bologna that matches his weight.’ I’d be offended by that at about 350 [pounds]. But, I think it’s a great gesture.”

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