Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers!
It's that time of year where we give thanks for what we have, reflect on our lives, eat some great food, spend some quality time with friends and family, and of course, watch football.
Thanksgiving games have been a tradition in the NFL and many moments of controversy and greatness have played out during those games. Here are our top three moments from Thanksgiving games.
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3. Leon Lett play vs Miami Dolphins
Leon Lett was a great player for the Dallas Cowboys, but he was known to make the big mistake every now and then. One of them was most notably the play in Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills, when he picked up a fumble and began running into the endzone for a touchdown, only to have the ball stripped from behind by Bills wide receiver Don Beebe because he was showboating.
The second took place in the same year on Thanksgiving in a game against the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys led 14-13 in the fourth quarter and the Dolphins had to kick a field goal to win the game.
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The field goal was blocked and it looked like the Cowboys would win the game, only for Lett to come sliding in and touch the ball, making the ball live again, and Miami recovered it. This gave them another shot at the field goal, which they converted to win the game. Poor Leon.
2. Red Grange debut for Chicago Bears
The debut of Harold "Red" Grange for the Chicago Bears was such an important one for the history of the NFL, as it gave credibility to pro football. Back in 1925, college football was much bigger than pro football, and the league needed a spark. Red was that spark.
In a 0-0 tie between the Bears and their cross-town rival Cardinals, Grange came on just a mere six days after finishing his college career and had 92 yards from scrimmage and 56 yards on punt returns. He also threw six passes and even had an interception.
90 years later and the league is still remembering what Grange did on that day because it gave pro football a much-needed boost and helped it become as popular as it is today.
1. The Butt Fumble
Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without revisiting the infamous Butt Fumble, fabulously performed by quarterback Mark Sanchez during his time with the New York Jets back in 2012.
In a game against the New England Patriots, Sanchez took the snap and turned the wrong way, meaning he had no one to pass to, so he decided to take it upon himself and run up the field with the ball, only to run into the backside of his offensive lineman Brandon Moore.
As a result, the quarterback fumbled the ball, which was picked up by the Patriots and returned for a touchdown in a game that finished 49-19. That wasn't the only fumble by the Jets on that day, but it was the most rememberable.
Sanchez has a chance to amend history, as he is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles today against the Detroit Lions, but he will be taking extra care not to run with the ball into his offensive lineman's backsides.