FRISCO - Painting the traditional Thanksgiving picture... A family gathers at the table to eat a home-cooked meal before heading to the couch to fire up the NFL and a full-stomach afternoon nap (and maybe gobble up a leftover turkey sandwich.)
But what the athletes who are playing on said holiday?
The Dallas Cowboys have played at home on Thanksgiving every year since the 1960s. Whether you're a rookie or one of the best NFL players in franchise history, "missing" Thanksgiving comes with the territory of wearing the star on your uniform.
However, that hasn't stopped the current Cowboys from creating their own traditions and I got the delectable details.
Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb volunteers as the judge of his mom's cooking vs. his grandmother's cooking. Each make a spectacular cornbread dressing and Lamb reaps the benefits of the battle of the best. Lamb and his family celebrate the harvest holiday on Saturday and then again on Sunday.
Other Cowboys like to join the fun in the kitchen. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence takes a break from terrorizing opposing quarterbacks to fire up his signature deep fried turkey. On Friday night, Lawrence will host his large, "blended" family and treats them to his trademark turkey and a side of mac n' cheese. Lawrence is quite the chef but bestows "best dish" to his mom's "famous" cornbread dressing.
Sensing a cornbread trend here? Other traditional Thanksgiving food also got love from the team.
For the first time, rookie running back Deuce Vaughn will suit up for the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. His family's celebration will shift to the weekend and he will host. Vaughn says he was put in charge of the mac n' cheese at age 14 and it was a pressure he will never forget. Vaughn made sure to give his mom a shoutout for spectacular turkey.
"It’s gotta be the love she puts in it," said Vaughn in an exclusive. "The other turkey can't compete."
For those teammates who might not have plans, quarterback Dak Prescott announced that "everybody can come to the crib," according to the Cowboys.
Center Tyler Biadasz doesn't participate in the Thanksgiving cooking but he does have a major role. Biadasz makes sure his house is stocked with all the groceries his family may need, especially for his favorite dish - carrot cake.
Tight end Jake Ferguson spilled a family secret regarding their holiday.
“My mom says it’s homemade but I know it’s outta the box,” the Cowboys tight end said of his mom's stuffing.
The Thanksgiving fun off the field began a few days ago with the players' annual work serving lunch at a local Salvation Army. And it begins on the field for the Cowboys when they host NFC East division for Washington on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CT. With a win, Dallas would extend its home winning-streak to 13 games, the longest current streak in the NFL.
As the Cowboys leave AT&T Stadium, Lamb shifts into a food judge, Lawrence puts on his apron and Prescott becomes the ultimate host.
Football and family... Sounds like a recipe for a wonderful Thanksgiving.