It’s no secret that Isaac Haas is a big dude. The 7-foot-2, 290-pound center has been one of the key cogs in Purdue basketball’s strong season, anchoring the team’s front court all season. With that kind of size, it would make sense that Haas has an incredible appetite in addition to being one of the top players in the Big Ten.
However, Haas’s appetite is bigger than we thought.
During Purdue’s first-round matchup against Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon, play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle said that Haas once ate 40 chicken strips in one sitting.
Here is the video:
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 16, 2018
In fact, ESPN’s Dana O’Neil once referred to Haas eating 40 chicken strips in one sitting in a 2016 article.
Here is what O’Neil wrote in the article:
“Fast forward to Isaac’s freshman year at Purdue. After he suffered through a particularly lousy free-throw performance at a game in Maui, coach Matt Painter carted Isaac off to a small gym to work on his foul shooting. The two returned in time to join the team for a buffet meal. After Isaac left, one of his teammates looked at his coach in awe, “That was the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen.” Perplexed, Painter asked if he meant shooting the extra free throws. “No,” his player replied. “He just ate 40 chicken strips. I counted them.”
While the article goes on to mention that Haas no longer binge eats chicken strips and lives a healthier lifestyle, it doesn’t take away from what Haas did. Eating 40 chicken strips is difficult enough in of itself, but the fact that Haas did it all in one sitting is astonishing.