Thanksgiving Football Traditions

By: Connor Mills

The leaves are falling and changing color, the wind is blowing, and you can smell the turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and the mouth-watering gravy. You can also hear the sound of the football flying through the air and the screams of children as they are running in the back yard. That is what you can expect for family football traditions on Thanksgiving.

Many families on Thanksgiving Day have some sort of annual football tradition, whether it is playing football in the back yard with cousins, uncles, siblings, grandparents, and parents, or families just sitting down and watching the NFL games, which often feature the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Freshman John Rocca said, “My tradition is that we gather up all of the people who want to play football, and we have a game in my grandparents’ back yard.”

Also, many of these family football traditions started from someone coming up with an idea of what to do on Thanksgiving. Freshman Derek Weller said, “My family has had this tradition for many years, where we go out in the front yard and play football.”

Freshman Kyle Baumann said, “My family tradition started with just asking a bunch of my family members if they wanted to play a pickup game of football in our front yard, and it has stuck now for eight years straight. It is a fun time.”

Even though many families play just to have fun, some traditions can be very competitive. “Every year we play for an annual trophy that we created, and we get bragging rights,” Weller said. “So it would be my dad, my brother, my cousin, and me versus my uncle and my three other cousins.”

After the game is over and everyone is tired and hungry, many families have also grown accustomed to other routines such as a big Thanksgiving feast. Rocca said, “After the game is over we go inside, and first we clean up after playing around and getting all worked up, and we gather around as a family and have a huge dinner which includes turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken, corn, pumpkin pie, and lots of other foods and desserts.”