A Professional Tailgater? Jeff Dockeray On Best Tailgaiting Products and How Florida Can Up Its Game
"There isn't a lot of space down there," Doc says, referring to Sun Life Stadium. "It's tough with the traffic and it's kind of cramped. You need more room."
Doc is a professional tailgater. That's right -- your Sunday hobby is his full time job. It started out as fun for 20 years until he decided to make a career out of it for the last 10.
I always thought being a professional tailgater would be like playing on Facebook: you do it a lot, but no one would ever pay you for it... would they?
Clean Plate Charlie caught up with Doc, and he told us what it takes to triumph during a pre-game gather, and how to make it a lifestyle.
Clean Plate Charlie: How does one become a "professional" tailgater?
Jeff Dockeray: My "professional" background is "recreational and leisure studies." [laughs] I was in the food industry before I got into the tailgating business. Food is love. Eventually, I moved into the $20 billion tailgating industry.
Earlier this month, you released a list of the Top Tailgating Products of 2012. What happened to good ol' fashioned burgers and hot dogs?
There's a culture in tailgating. The bigger the culture, the bigger the swagger. People are now bringing $20,000 smokers to games. It ups the ante.