NFL: From Texas to New York, tailgating fuels football gamedays

Story highlights

  • Tailgating in US started in 1869
  • Tradition spans college and pro football
  • Commerce is frowned upon

Austin, Texas (CNN)Throughout his four years as a football player at the University of Texas, Todd Bondy had little awareness of the revelry taking place just outside the team's stadium.

It was only after completing his football eligibility and remaining on campus to finish his degree that Bondy, a fullback on Texas' vaunted 2005 national championship team, felt he may have been missing out on something big.
"It was quite an eye-opening experience," he says of attending his first tailgate party. "It's a sunrise to sundown situation for many."