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SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 1: The San Diego Chargers huddle together during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 1, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
The NFL does not take off for Thanksgiving but that doesn’t stop the players from celebrating after practice is over for the day.
Some players are looking forward to creating new memories and traditions with their wives and children. Center Nick Hardwick and his wife are focusing on the joy of being together and letting someone else do the cooking.
“My wife bought a ham from Costco,” Hardwick said. “We got a 9-pound ham that’s already done and you just drizzle stuff over it. And we’re going over to our friend’s house in Ocean Beach and just hanging out. Letting the kids run around."
Some of them are taking old recipes and letting their new families try their hand at keeping the tradition alive.
“Eating my grandma’s stuffing,” center David Molk said. “That was one of the best things growing up. There’s nothing better than good stuffing. My girlfriend’s down and my dad wanted it so we got the recipe from my grandma and sent it to my girlfriend for her to make.”
“My mother’s cheesecake,” special teams captain Darrell Stuckey said. “Most people say it’s not a tradition but she makes it every Thanksgiving. But my wife is making the cheesecake. There’s not a special over exaggerated recipe, it’s just done to perfection.”
Some don’t care what kind of food; they just love it all.
“I love the food,” safety Eric Weddle said. “So much good food. And we all go around the table and say what we’re thankful for.”
And some reminisced about the movies that made the holiday.
“When I was really little,” Molk said. “We watched that Charlie Brown tape every single Thanksgiving until I was like 14. We used to watch it all the time.”