Behind The Scenes

Johnson makes cameo on The Chew

Johnson (l) helps prepare snacks for the big game with Michael Symon.

The Super Bowl is not just about football. It’s about food and friends.

And our NFL analysts seem to know as much about pigs in a blanket as they do about pigskin.

On Friday (1 p.m. ET), Keyshawn Johnson will be a guest on ABC’s popular daytime show The Chew. The show features appetizers to please any party, and Johnson joins chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon in the kitchen to make stuffed peppers. The heart-healthy recipe is part of The Chew’s support of Women’s Heart Health Month and the “Go Red for Women” movement. (Keyshawn even wears a little red on his vintage Mickey Mouse t-shirt.)

A noted foodie, Johnson previously appeared as a guest judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and his company, First Picks Management, owns and operates a number of restaurants, and foodservice and catering businesses, including Panera Bread bakery-cafés in California.

Not to be outdone, a trio of Hall of Fame ESPN analysts are featured this week on, which asks NFL legends to share recipes for their favorite Super Bowl dishes. Steve Young audibles with a bean dip, Mike Ditka gives a game-winning recipe for pork chops, and Jerry Rice shares his secrets for sticky honey wings.

The four analysts may not be cooking this weekend, but they will all be part of ESPN’s four-hour Super Bowl Sunday edition of Sunday NFL Countdown (10 a.m. ET), which should be the perfect appetizer before the big game that night.


Super Bowl champion and ESPN NFL analyst Keyshawn Johnson helps prepare snacks for the big game with ABC's "The CHEW" co-hosts (l to r) Michael Symon, Johnson, Daphne Oz, Mario Batali and Carla Hall.
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