TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The Crimson Tide football team will celebrate Thanksgiving today, and everyone will have a place to go.
The players who live close enough will be allowed to leave town. Those who live too far away will attend Thanksgiving dinner at the houses of some of the coaches, including Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who serves as host with his wife, Terry Saban.
“It’s a great environment you don’t get to see every day,” Alabama tight end Michael Williams said. “It’s a nice house, nice place to eat. They also have Miss Terry there treating you like her son. It’s a great place.”
When asked on his weekly radio show what kind of cook Terry Saban is, he joked, “Miss Terry is a very good cook, but for Thanksgiving, she has it catered in.”
He said his favorite foods his wife make having nothing to do with Thanksgiving. He likes her chili dogs and pepperoni rolls.
Among the players, there’s one player who admits he’s not big on turkey: offensive lineman Barrett Jones.
“Never been a turkey guy to be honest,” he said. “It’s probably my least favorite part. I do like sweet potatoes, especially when they have the brown sugar stuff on top. Kind of think the marshmallows are overrated. I think the brown sugar route is a little better.”