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NFL Thanksgiving Day all-Time best players by the numbers: Tony Romo, Barry Sanders lead impressive group

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The NFL has a longstanding tradition of Thanksgiving Day football, folklore that has been played on the holiday every year since 1945 (the tradition actually started in 1920, but was halted from 1941 to 1944 due to World War II). The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game for over 40 seasons, with the Lions hosting a Thanksgiving Day game every year since 1945 and the Cowboys since 1978. Detroit actually started hosting Thanksgiving Day games in 1934, but paused the tradition from 1939 to 1945 due to World War II. The Cowboys started in 1966. 

Since the Lions and the Cowboys have hosted games on the Thanksgiving slate every year since 1978, it’s no surprise their players own the all-time records on Thanksgiving in several categories. The NFL added a Thanksgiving night game in 2006, and have typically pinned the holiday’s marquee matchup in the primetime slot, so some standout performances have emerged from the nightcap. 

In this week’s “By The Numbers,” we give thanks to the league’s all-time leaders on Thanksgiving. 

Most Passing Yards on Thanksgiving (all time)

Matthew Stafford (Lions) — 3,000Tony Romo (Cowboys) — 2,338Troy Aikman (Cowboys) — 2,174

Most Passing TDs on Thanksgiving (all time)

Tony Romo (Cowboys) — 18Matthew Stafford (Lions) — 18Bobby Layne (Lions) — 14Danny White (Cowboys) — 14

Most Rushing Yards on Thanksgiving (all time)

Emmitt Smith (Cowboys) — 1,178Barry Sanders (Lions) — 931Tony Dorsett (Cowboys) — 723Walter Payton (Bears) — 423

Most Rushing TDs on Thanksgiving (all time)

Emmitt Smith (Cowboys) — 13Tony Dorsett (Cowboys) — 9Barry Sanders (Lions) — 8Joique Bell (Lions) — 5

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Publish date : 2022-11-23 18:26:14

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