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The 15: Ravens Thanksgiving Traditions

November 23, 2017
If there's one thing that can bring us together in 2017, it has to be the celebration of gluttony on Thanksgiving, right? Like the rest of us, Ravens players will enjoy devouring all sorts of food this Thanksgiving. So for The 15 this month, we asked Baltimore Ravens players one very simple question.

"What's on your Thanksgiving menu this year?"

Here's what we found out. 

1. Offensive Lineman Luke Bowanko

"I just learned what dressing is last year, so a bunch of dressing. Sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, all the casseroles. Or dressings! That's what's on my menu. For dessert, I'll probably go with some more dressing, sweet potato casserole with some ice cream on it. (Laughs.) No, I'm a big pie guy. Apple pie, blueberry pie, not a big pumpkin pie guy. But Thanksgiving is pie season. I'm all in on pies."

2. Linebacker Tyus Bowser

"It's been a while since I've actually had a real Thanksgiving dinner. Ideally, you always got to have the turkey there. I'm a big dressing guy, love dressing with the cranberry sauce. And then you got to have the dessert. From sweet potato pie to -- just depends on where I'm at because we always have Thanksgiving with different types of people -- but I mean you can go from velvet cake to ... it's like some type of coconut pie. That was great, too. And there's like a lemon pie that my auntie makes. It's a 10 every single time. That'll probably be on my menu." 

3. Long Snapper Morgan Cox

"On my plate I'll probably have some ham, potato salad, some dressing, southern style. Some people might call it stuffing. Dessert's important. I'm really kind of 'whatever the host provides, I can eat.' Sweet potato pie, yeah. I failed to say that first. What is it that my grandmother makes? Sweet cream corn. What else? I know there's some greens in there. Beans, string beans. Oh gosh, biscuits. Oh my gosh, I usually load up my biscuits. I was going to end everything with the gravy -- it's just going to be on top of everything. It'll just cover everything, at least one good layer. And then usually I'll basically sample everything at the table and then come back -- seconds are what I really love, not of everything." 

4. Defensive Lineman Carl Davis

"First of all, I got to find somebody to cook for me. But if I can have it my way, I definitely would like some chicken, macaroni and cheese, some yams, some greens. Definitely some banana pudding and sweet potato pie. Probably after that I'd just like a nice couch to lay on." 

5. Defensive Lineman Willie Henry

"Probably some good ol' turkey, some dressing, some macaroni and cheese, greens. Probably some stuffing, sweet potatoes, all that. For dessert, I like sweet potato pie. My mom just made me one -- it was so good. My girl can make one, my auntie makes a good one, too. Some cheesecake. I do not like German chocolate cake. I do not like coconut. Please don't make me no German chocolate cake."  

6. Offensive Tackle Austin Howard

"I've always been a big fan of dressing. My mom used to make it really, really good. She was the best at it -- and cranberry sauce. I believe she gave the recipe to my wife, so, hopefully, we have some of that, but who knows? My wife can cook for an army, so I'm sure that she's going to have a lot of good things for us to enjoy Thanksgiving Day. For dessert, I'm more of a candy guy. I'm not a big dessert guy. Cakes, pies, they're OK. But give me some Laffy Taffy or some Skittles or something." 

7. Linebacker Matt Judon

"I can't get bloated before the game. But if football wasn't a factor ... that cornbread dressing, some yams, some turkey, a whole bunch of sweet potato pie. I love me some dressing. Some mashed potatoes and gravy. I don't eat macaroni and cheese, but there'll be a whole bunch of macaroni and cheese around my house. Macaroni and cheese is nasty! Mark my words, don't ever eat it. If you haven't ate it, good for you. I ain't never liked macaroni and cheese since I was a wee tot."

8. Punter Sam Koch

"Basically, whatever my wife makes. We usually got chicken, we're going to have stuffing, corn soufflé. We'll do turkey, too. Sometimes we'll do a little bit of chicken, turkey and ham. Just kind of get a mix of all of it. But corn soufflé, stuffing, corn casserole and pumpkin pie."

9. Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin

"My mom's sweet potato pie. No. 1 most important thing right there. Ham, turkey, some mac and cheese, green beans, some cabbage, cornbread, stuffing, all of the good stuff. But it's got to be my mom's sweet potato pie." 

10. Linebacker C.J. Mosley

"It depends if my family comes up or not. If they come up, it's probably going to be everything you can think of. My favorite's always the dressing. I love dressing and some good turkey and ham. If not, I might hang out with a friend of a teammate and eat off their plate. [Kicker Justin] Tucker was just asking everybody, 'pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie?' I'll probably go with sweet potato pie." 

11. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor

"Some turkey, some mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, some green beans, spinach and collard greens. For dessert, I'll take some sweet potato pie. I go to somebody else's house or whoever's at my house, I eat what they're cooking. I'm not that picky." 

12. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman

"Everything. Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, a little salad -- that's my only healthy dish. I need some cake -- like some lemon cake, pound cake, anything. Turkey. I can't even think of everything right now. I don't eat too many vegetables. I ain't a vegetable guy. So no collard greens, nothing like that. But definitely fried chicken, turkey, macaroni and cheese, yellow rice and some cake." 

13. Offensive Lineman Matt Skura

"Sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows on top. That's like my No. 1 dish so far. Definitely turkey. A good stuffing with oysters in it. I like ham over turkey a little more. I'm more of a ham guy. Dessert ... pumpkin pie of course. I could eat a whole pumpkin pie with some whipped cream. That's my favorite. 

14. Kicker Justin Tucker

"We like to keep it classic. So more than likely it'll be turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy all over the place. You got to have the cranberry sauce -- sweeten it up a little bit. I definitely will mix [foods together] for sure. Dessert, I think you got to go with pumpkin pie. This will be [our son's] second Thanksgiving and his first one as a full, full participant. Last year we had to really cut up small bites for him because he was just starting to eat solid food. This time around I'm sure he'll be ready to go to town." 

15. Cornerback Lardarius Webb

"My mom, my dad come up and cook for the family. It's always football season, so I can't do too much. I'm a mac and cheese-type guy. Macaroni, the dressing, sweet potato pie, red velvet cake, potato salad, everything! I'm from Alabama. It's a must and it's going to be there." 

Issue 239: November 2017

Originally published Nov. 15, 2017