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25 Athletes and What They're Thankful For This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving. It's the kickoff to the holiday season and the day we gather around tables overflowing with food to give thanks for all we have. For some, Thanksgiving means cramming food into their faces before jetting off to the Black Friday sales. But in many cases, it's a day to spend bonding with our loves ones, a time to get together to watch some football, stuff our faces silly, completely overindulge, and argue with our relatives about this or that – but mostly, we say that Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and show our appreciation for those things and people we have in our lives.

Pro athletes are no different from you or I, in that regard. Except that some of them will actually be suiting up and spend the day putting in some work for our entertainment. But for most pro athletes, like us, they'll be spending the day with their friends and loved ones, doing exactly what we're doing – eating and drinking way, way too much.

It's always interesting to go around the room and listen to people sharing what they're most thankful for in their lives. It gives you a little insight into their life, their personality, and their character, doesn't it? Some are thankful for their health. Some for their jobs. Others for their friends and families. All of us have something to be thankful for in our lives.

Pro athletes perhaps have even more to be thankful for. They're rich, powerful, influential, and seem to have the world by the short hairs. But what are they really thankful for? Glad you asked because we went around through the four major sports leagues and asked some of these players what they were most thankful for this year. It was a lot of time away from home, terrible gas station coffee, even more terrible fast food stands, and an appalling lack of sleep. But we did it all for you. And some of their answers might surprise you!

So without further ado, let's take a look at what some professional athletes are most thankful for this year...

25 Robert Griffin III – Washington's Football Team

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

24 Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

23 Ray Rice – Unemployed

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

22 Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

21 Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

20 Michael Jordan – Charlotte Hornets

William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

19 Steve Nash – Los Angeles Lakers

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

18 Jameis Winston – Florida State University Seminoles

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

17 Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

16 Pablo Sandoval – Boston Red Sox

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

15 Barry Bonds – Unemployed

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

14 Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

13 Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

12 James Harden – Houston Rockets

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

11 Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

10 Hanley Ramirez – Boston Red Sox

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

9 Dwight Howard – Houston Rockets

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

8 Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

7 Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia Eagles

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

6 Jack Johnson – Columbus Blue Jackets

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

5 Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

4 Nick Saban – Alabama Crimson Tide

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

3 Colt McCoy – Washington's Football Team

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2 Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

1 Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

“I don't have anything to be thankful for this year. Have you seen my team? These guys couldn't beat a high school team. They can't defend, can't score, can't do anything right. That's why I have to jack up forty shots a night – somebody on this team actually has to put the ball in the basket. This bunch of stiffs is tarnishing my legacy and I won't win ten games, let alone a title with these losers.

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