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Five-time wing-eating champ, 'El Wingador,' faces cocaine charges

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In this Feb. 4, 2011 photo, Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, left, embraces the winner of that year's Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, who won by a margin of a single wing. Simmons was reportedly indicted on cocaine charges this week.

A New Jersey man known as "El Wingador" for his championship titles in competitive wing-eating has been formally indicted this week on cocaine charges, local media reported.

Bill "El Wingador" Simmons was charged with multiple counts of possession and distribution of cocaine, the South Jersey Times reported. Simmons is known for his participation in a Philadelphia chicken wing eating contest known as the "Wing Bowl," organized each year before the Super Bowl by a local sports radio station.

Simmons, a 50-year-old Woodbury, N.J., resident, had been arrested last June and authorities recovered $8,000 worth of cocaine and $4,000 of cash, The Associated Press reported. Police told the AP they also found more evidence at two homes connected to the wing-eating champ.

A five-time winner, Simmons last won the Wing Bowl in 2005 for eating 162 chicken wings, according to the AP.

The Wing Bowl has become a sort of tradition in Philadelphia on the Friday preceding each Super Bowl, since its founding by a local 94WIP radio host in 1993.

Last year, the eating competition attracted 29 contestants and over 20,000 fans, according to the event site. This year's 21st competition was held Friday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, in advance of Super Bowl Sunday.