The coaches and players will begin their work day a bit earlier than normal on Thursday so they can get home to spend some time with their families for Thanksgiving.
It’s one of the small adjustments made to a very specific routine by Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, and it’s one that means something to his players.
“This is my fourth year with [Reid], and he’s always good about adjusting the schedule so that we have time for the holidays with our family and friends,” veteran
“At the same time, he wants us to stay focused on the job at hand. We’ll have our time for meetings and practice.”
“It’s always been family first with him,” fullback
For some of the younger players who might not have family in the area, the veterans make sure they’re taken care of.
“Every position group kind of takes care of their own,” quarterback
The logistics surrounding Thanksgiving Day aren’t a new thing for football players—going back to the days of high school.
“I think if you play football long enough—that’s the deal,” Smith explained. “When I was in high school, if you were practicing on Thanksgiving, it was a good thing because it meant you were still playing. So it just kind of comes with the territory.
“Thanksgiving and football—it goes hand in hand.”
For those in the Kansas City area, many of the high school state title games are this weekend.
“I used to play on Thanksgiving morning in Massachusetts,” Sherman added. “So I’ve always had football on Thanksgiving. So it’s not different for me; I think it’d be awkward if I didn’t.”
When asked his thoughts about the holiday, Reid said he’s a big fan.
“I love Thanksgiving,” Reid said. “I understand what it’s all about, which is the important part of it. It’s great to be with family, and then, have the opportunity to eat. My wife’s a good cook. We have a lot of people over at the house.
“It’s a time where you can take care of the people that are in need, that maybe don’t have that luxury. What a great day.”
Reid said he won’t do much of the cooking.
“I have to give all the credit to my wife, my daughters – they get in there and crank it out. A lot of food, man.”