With the Giants playing on Thanksgiving against the Redskins, the players and coaching staff will miss their family meals. But Justin Pugh already has a plan to make up for it, as he's hosting his fellow offensive lineman and their significant others for a Thanksgiving feast on Friday.
Pugh, who won't play against the Redskins due to a back injury, boasts of having more than 65 pounds of turkey.
"The thing I wanted to do is everyone doesn't have a place to go or doesn't have family or is far away, they've got some place to go," Pugh said, via NJ.com. "We're all going to be playing on Thanksgiving, so I figure do a little dinner on Friday night. ... Since I got in the league, I've never really been able to celebrate Thanksgiving," said Pugh. "And a lot of guys are from all over the place. My whole thing is to try to give guys a place to go. We're still family here, so try to do something. Lucky enough I've been able to make that happen."
This season, the offensive line has gotten together for meals every Wednesday. Linking up for Thanksgiving is a natural extension of that, delivering a familial environment that Pugh loves.
"We just talk about things other than football," Pugh said. "When we go on the road, we eat on the road. I think that's the best way to do it. When I was in college, all my best friends were the O-linemen. I lived with my left guard and he was my best friend. I think in the NFL that's a hard thing to do because everyone's got families and everyone's got things going on, but we're trying to be as close as possible and work for everybody."