El Wingador Gets 7 Years in Prison

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    NBC10 Philadelphia
    Five-time champ Bill "El Wingador" Simmons returned for one final Wing Bowl this Winter.

    A New Jersey judge has sentenced a five-time Buffalo wing-eating champ known as El Wingador to seven years in prison on a cocaine distribution charge.

    William Simmons of Woodbury Heights, Gloucester County was arrested in June 2012 after a traffic stop.

    During that stop, police found 4.5 ounces of cocaine worth $8,000 and $4,000 in cash inside his 2010 Kia Soul. That car was wrapped in an advertisement of his eating-competition alter ego.

    He had agreed to a seven-year term when he pleaded guilty in July to drug dealing, though his attorney tried Friday to have the sentence reduced.

    El Wingador last won Philadelphia's Wing Bowl in 2005, when he gnawed through 162 chicken wings.

    The Wing Bowl was started as a way for Philadelphia sports fans to blow off steam before the Super Bowl.

    Simmons, who is 51, will be able to apply for a drug intervention program that could shorten his prison time.