Being away from your family doesn't exactly seem like the ideal way to spend a Thanksgiving Day. Such is life for most of the Redskins, who travel to Dallas for a 4:15 p.m. game on Thursday. But for a decent chunk of the roster it actually is a homecoming of sorts.
There are 12 Washington players who hail from the state of Texas. One, offensive lineman Jammal Brown, is on the physically unable to perform list. Two more are on the practice squad. But nine will likely participate in the contest, including star quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is from suburban Copperas Cove, Texas, and wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, among others.
Some are even from the immediate Dallas metro area. Linebacker Keenan Robinson is from Plano, Texas, just 19 miles north of the city, and offensive lineman Jordan Black is from Mesquite, Texas, even closer at 13 miles outside the city. Same goes for guard Josh LeRibeus, an SMU graduate from Richardson, Texas. Aldrick Robinson is from nearby Waxahachie, Texas (29 miles). Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is from the city of Dallas itself.
There are some issues that arise, however, when you have a Thanksgiving game at home. Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams grew up in Longview, Texas -- about a two-hour drive east of Dallas not far from the Louisiana border. It's great that he'll see family members and friends, but he also had to buy 40 tickets at pricey Cowboys Stadium. And trust him, playing for the Redskins doesn't exactly get you a discount in Jerry Jones' palatial estate.
"Hell yeah!" Williams cracked when asked if he had to pony up. "That [stuff] ain't free."
- Brian McNally