DEADWOOD (AP) — Organizers of what is billed as South Dakota's largest Super Bowl tailgate party say four former NFL players will be on hand this year for the event in Deadwood.
Rapid City native John Dutton played 14 seasons as a defensive lineman with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Colts. Guard Ron Hallstrom played a dozen seasons — 11 with the Green Bay Packers and one with the Philadelphia Eagles. Defensive tackle Bob Nelson played eight seasons with the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills. Linebacker Tom Ruud played five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills.
The Deadwood Business Club is organizing Sunday's citywide Super Bowl party for the third year in a row. The party will feature games, contests and food, along with a big screen TV display on Main Street. The event raises money for the American Cancer Society and local charities.
"The main goal is that our guests have a great time in Deadwood," event organizer Mike Trucano told the Black Hills Pioneer.
Dutton served as the event's grand marshal in 2012 and Bob Nelson held that title last year. Both are coming back. Hallstrom said he was drawn to the event this year because he'll do anything for a good cause. Ruud said he was recruited by Dutton.
"John Dutton has raved about the Deadwood weekend for a couple of years and said that he loved the event and the people who he has spent time with," Ruud said. "I look forward to visiting the beautiful Black Hills and supporting a great event."
The Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in Sunday's big game. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Central time.