National Football Hangover Day | Day After The Big Game
(Last Updated On: February 9, 2023)


Each year on the day after the big game, National Football Hangover Day offers a bit of comfort and camaraderie.


The Event

Every year since 1967, football fans across the country have participated in the most-watched football event in America. This day is one where sports fans gather together to celebrate, place friendly wagers, and indulge in food and drink, some in more excess than others. It’s estimated nearly 14 million people call into work “sick” the day after the big game. If this applies to you, congratulations! You officially join millions of other fans nursing a massive football hangover and headache!

Whether you stayed up to celebrate your team’s big win or stayed up mourning your team’s loss, you likely have a hangover. A food coma and a tummy ache are also possible. Or, maybe you drank a little too much of that barley beverage, and your head is pounding. Whatever the excuse, you are clearly able to celebrate National Football Hangover Day like last night’s football champions! Unfortunately, you probably won’t get a ring or an award for your efforts. However, you might get recognition from your employer for being one of the biggest fibbers on the payroll.

The Hangover

Treating a hangover is debatable. Some people claim to have the “almighty cure” for a hangover, while others say nursing a hangover slowly is the best cure. Hangover symptoms vary from person to person but always include headache, nausea, fatigue, and often thirst. Normally, a hangover is self-treatable and requires no medical attention. A severe hangover could be serious and indicate alcohol poisoning, requiring emergency medical treatment as soon as possible. Mayo Clinic suggests staying hydrated by drinking water will help minimize a hangover. They also suggest avoiding drinking on an empty stomach because alcohol is absorbed into the body at a rapid pace.


  • As difficult as your headache and nausea might be today, we insist on helping you find a way to celebrate National Football Hangover Day like a football champion! The Hair of the Dog seems to be the cure for a hangover, and depending on where you live, the recipe varies. We found adding common ingredients like tomato or clamato juice, a raw egg, a dash of Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and vodka to a blender and mixing well, then drinking, will lead you in the right direction for recovery!
  • Share your favorite recovery recipes.
  • Get ready for next season. Who will be your pick to win next year? Will you cheer on another team or stay loyal as ever?
  • Share your hangover experience on social media using  #FootballHangoverDay.
  • (Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.)


National Football Hangover Day was submitted by ESPN host and sports personality Katie Nolan, Always Late with Katie Nolan, in January 2019. Katie wanted to give back to sports fans by devoting an entire day to recovering the day after the big game day celebrations the night before. She wanted to give special recognition and honor those fans who have spent the entire football season shedding tears and toasting cheers for their favorite football team.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar®  proclaimed the day to be celebrated annually beginning in 2019.

Football Hangover FAQ

Q. Can anyone celebrate Football Hangover Day?
A. Yes. For some, it’s not about a physical recovery but more about the end of the season.

Q. My team isn’t in the big game. Does this day apply to me?
A. Only 2 of 32 teams make it to the big game. If only those fans celebrated, football wouldn’t be a very popular sport. It’s about the love of the game. Many cheer on their team’s division or go for the underdog. Either way, after a long season, this day gives fans an opportunity to reset for the next season.

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