Former Texas A&M defensive lineman Jay Arnold had a different task to tackle during Friday’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl.
Arnold was honored as the Millionth Fan and as a result, he was given a container — bucket — of Duke’s Mayo to devour during the game between North Carolina State and Maryland.
After the game, there will be Duke’s “dumpers.” Those are the people who get to drench the winning coach in Duke’s Mayo.
Here’s how Kevin DeValk earned the honor:
A Wisconsin native, DeValk didn’t join the Duke’s fandom until 10 years ago, when he and his wife moved to North Carolina. The furthest he’s gone with Duke’s Mayo is an attempted chocolate cake, plus a mayonnaise-eggnog concoction.
Allison Vick, the owner and founder of Little Blue Bakehouse in Raleigh, N.C., is the other winner.
Duke’s mayonnaise was “built into your core memories,” the 35-year-old said. She didn’t go without it until 2011, when she moved to Austin, Texas.
“I couldn’t find Dukes anywhere. I found one grocery store. One had teeny, tiny little jars. I bought like seven jars the first day,” Vick said. “And then like by the time I left, you could get Duke’s almost anywhere, but it was like that part of the country hadn’t caught on to how intense the Southern love for Duke’s is.”