For country music legend, Darius Rucker, Thanksgiving means more than eating a metric ton of turkey. Well, maybe it’s still a little bit about the turkey. According to his Universal Music Group press kit, the country music star says Thanksgiving is all about family, food, and football.
“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is easy – it’s food. It’s eating,” Rucker says. “It’s hanging out with family and getting some great food, ‘cause that’s really what Thanksgiving [is]. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all of the great things you’ve got, and I always give thanks for the greatest thing I’ve got and that’s my family.”
Darius Rucker, Football Fanatic
Darius Rucker is a certified football fanatic. He participates in as many as three fantasy leagues and watches or talks about football anytime he doesn’t play music. He even started “endzone obsessed” with Athlon Sports back in 2010.
“I’m so passionate about football, just like I am about my music,” he told ESPN.
For this reason, Thanksgiving means a lot to Darius Rucker.
“Thanksgiving Day is my favorite sports day of the year. It’s crazy how much football you get to watch (laughs) on Thanksgiving Day, so I really like that a lot. Thanksgiving is big for me.”
Darius Rucker certainly isn’t alone in his passion for Thanksgiving day football, food, and family.
This year’s Thanksgiving day football schedule will feature some all-time classic matchups. As always, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys will play games on Thanksgiving Day. At 11:30 AM CT, the Detroit Lions will host the Houston Texans on CBS. While neither team will compete for a playoff spot this year, Thanksgiving games always promise high energy performances.
At 3:30 PM CT, the Dallas Cowboys will host the Washington Football Team. Despite both teams owning a 2-7 record, this gritty NFC East matchup has massive playoff implications. The Eagles currently hold the first place position in the NFC East with only a 3-5-1 record.
The late game on Thanksgiving day will feature another interdivisional matchup between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens at 7:20 PM CT. The Pittsburg Steelers hold a strong 3 game lead on the AFC North at 9-0, but the Ravens could grab a wildcard spot and make the playoffs.