One man, one restaurant...10,000 wings.

His name is David Buck, and not only is he an AP science teacher and the girl's varsity basketball coach at New Bedford High School, he is also an avid chicken wing eater at Rose Alley Ale House.

Buck's "Wing Journey" began about nine years ago, soon after the downtown food and beer establishment opened. From the moment he sat down in one of RAAH's bar stools for the very first time and ordered his first basket of bone-in buffalo wings (always a 10-piece), he knew that he had a mission to complete.

On May 29, 2018 around 7:15 p.m., Buck picked up his 9,999th wing.

He stared at it for a moment, feeling both nervous and accomplished as a bead of sweat ran down his forehead.

"This is it," he said to himself.

With a packed bar full of support from family, friends, students and loved ones, we all began to chant...

"Buck! Buck! Buck!..."

With the meat to his teeth and the spicy sauce caked onto his lower lip, Buck closed his eyes and took in his final wing.

"Come on Mr. Buck! All you have to do is swallow and stick out that tongue for the final proof," I told him. "You got this!"

For a brief moment, the place went quiet, then after one last swallow, Buck opened his mouth and the goal to reach 10,000 wings was complete.

Buck threw his hands high into the air with pride, and the place went wild! The bartender sounded off the bar-bell to credit the local's accomplishment. I have never seen so much emotion from one food challenge. You had to have been there to feel the energy.

When asked what his future plans were now that he had eaten 10,000 Rose Alley chicken wings, he simply replied, "I need to take the next three days off from eating (wings), then I'll be back."

It just goes to show that if you truly put your heart into something you love, you never know how far you'll go to complete the task at hand.

Kudos, Mr. Buck. Kudos.


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