Happy Gronksgiving! Go Spike Your Turkey Dinner Goals Before the Patriots Roast the Jets
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Thanksgiving to all of us means family, football and food – and there’s nothing more Gronk than that.
We all know that the Gronkowski boys have mammoth-sized appetites and even though Rob’s been working over the Thanksgiving holiday since he was drafted in 2010, that doesn’t mean they’re not all together in spirit fighting over the turkey legs.
So what’s Gronk’s key to spiking Thanksgiving dinner?
“Stuffing … When someone makes a dry turkey, you always need a cup of extra gravy on that but the stuffing always goes good,” he advises. “Just put the stuffing on top of whatever you’re about to eat and it makes it delicious.”
“You have that huge pie in front of you, and only eating a little piece even though you want to eat the whole pie," he told ESPN last year. "If it was offseason, I’d eat the whole pie.”
Big brother Chris still keeps up his side of the family tradition of making egg nog and apple pie for his kids in Dallas (which we’re sure lil bro Goose is gonna get in on).
While Dan Gronkowski revealed that the brothers would all get together to play hockey before they launched the football Thanksgiving morning. "On days off, we would have massive mini stick (knee hockey) games in the basement with our friends and then head outside for some football. Especially if it was snowing, it made it even better," he told Gronk Nation. Seeing as they grew up in Buffalo, we'd bet they usually got their snow wish.
Chris may think he’s the chef in the family but Gronk was quick to brag about his own kitchen talents when he shot a “Dunksgiving” special a few years ago. “My cooking skills are off the charts. I always left Thanksgiving up to my mom, but in college I was always cooking at 2 a.m. for my friends, my brother (care to fact check that Chris???). Most tasty meals at 2 a.m. ever," he claimed.
“Mom always bought 50-pound turkeys, growing up in my house for Thanksgiving it was a free for all,” the big fella added.
Of course, the Gronkowskis know that Thanksgiving is about giving as much as receiving and they always make sure to give back. Last year, Gronk and Goon headed out to deliver food to those in need as part of the Patriots volunteerism program.
On Wednesday, Patriots players continued the tradition for the 25th year by handing out baskets of Thanksgiving dinners to over 200 families. "I thought how lucky we were to be able to be in the position of doing this for 25 years," Robert Kraft told Patriots.com. "There are still communities in need, and it's important that all of us understand that we have to share our good fortune."
Along with dishing out turkey and holiday fixings, Kraft and the Patriots Foundation also donated $25,000 to Morgan Memorial Goodwill in Boston.
One group of people who aren’t going to be thankful to the Patriots this weekend are the Jets as the Pats head to New York on Sunday.
Despite a disappointing loss in Tennessee before the BYE week, New England are currently 2-0 against AFC East division rivals. They’ve gone 17 straight seasons without being swept in a season series by a division opponent and can extend that mark to 18 seasons with a win over the Jets, which would be the longest streak since 1970 according to Patriots.com.
Perhaps we'll even see a repeat of that other Patriots Thanksgiving tradition - the Jets quarterback butt fumble.
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