Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes says that he will be honoring the late John Madden for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and there are three game scheduled for the day. This Thanksgiving will be a somber one in the NFL, as the legendary John Madden passed away last December at the age of 85. There will be tributes to Madden throughout the day, and one of the biggest stars in the league will be honoring him in a fitting way.
While meeting with the media on Wednesday, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes revealed that he will be eating turducken on Thanksgiving. Head coach Andy Reid also said that he’s going to have turducken as well. Of course, turducken is what Madden brought to the national spotlight during games.
The footage comes courtesy of KSHB 41 News in Kansas City.
Patrick Mahomes honoring John Madden with turducken meal on Thanksgiving
“I’m doing the turducken this year,” said Mahomes. “I’m going to try it out. I’m not cooking it, I can’t cook. My chef’s already preparing it, getting it ready to go. I’ll let y’all know next week how it is.”
Turducken is a meal that Madden brought to the forefront through Thanksgiving day NFL games. As for what a turducken is, it’s kind of straightforward. It’s a deboned chicken stuffed in a deboned duck, which is then stuffed into a deboned turkey. There is dressing placed in between each piece of meat.
As for how it all began, ESPN’s Ryan Hockensmith chronicled the extravagant dish’s Louisiana origins, detailing how a turducken from chef Glenn Mistich made its way to John Madden’s plate during a 1996 game between the Rams and Saints at the Superdome.
Just take a look at Madden describing the turducken and how to cut it during a 2001 Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.
The NFL is honoring Madden this Thanksgiving with the “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” this year. There will be a lead-in to the Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings featuring Madden talking about Thanksgiving. There will also be special logos on the 25-yard line and stickers on the back of player’s helmets featuring Madden’s likeness. Additionally, there will be a Madden Player of the Game selected for all three contests, with the winner receiving $10,000 to donate to a youth or high school football program of their choosing.
In the spirit of the holiday, both Mahomes and Reid are demonstrating how thankful they are for all that John Madden has done for the game of football, which includes sharing the turducken with audiences nationwide.