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10 Interesting Facts About The Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

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The Thanksgiving Day Game tradition began in 1920. Since then it has become a time honored tradition that brings to mind the clichéd, yet relevant, phrase, “as American as apple pie.” In this instance it should probably be pumpkin pie- at any rate, the game has become second nature to football lovers. I have scoured websites, blogs, and many corners of the web to bring you 10 interesting facts about the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game. Some you may know, and others you may not.

1. First Cowboys appearance in the Thanksgiving Day game tradition was in 1966.

2. This year the Cowboys faceoff against the Oakland Raiders. The last time the Cowboys faced off against the Raiders was in 2009, when they won 24-7.

3. Selena Gomez will perform during Halftime.
Selna Gomez Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Game

4. The Cowboys will not be wearing their throwback helmets for this year’s game. The Neck and Spine Committee and the Player Safety Advisory Panel are telling the players that they must wear their regular helmets for every game during the season. The players will don their regular silver and blue starred helmet.
cowboy throwback helmets

5. For their Thanksgiving Day record since they entered the tradition the Cowboys are 28-16-1.

6. Since their involvement in this tradition began, The Dallas Cowboys have played every year except for 1975 and 1977.

7. Dallas has never lost to the Washington Redskins on the Thanksgiving Day Game.

8. Thanksgiving Day game awards: The Galloping Gobbler and The All-Iron. The awards look exactly like what they are named for, and are awarded to the MVP of the game aired on Fox and CBS respectively.
gobbler award

9. Only four times in Thanksgiving Day game history have kickoffs been returned for touchdowns. One of them was by the Cowboy’s own Ike Thomas in 1971.

10. Only three teams have played the Thanksgiving game and never lost- Saints, 49ers and the Colts.

Now, let’s get ready for some football!


By: Kyle Yung

My name is Kyle Yung. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in theatre and English from Hanover College, as well as a Masters Degree in creative writing from Full Sail University. I have a wide array of experience, including starting a community theatre company, working as a sound designer, photographing sports for a newspaper and operating heavy machinery at a steel mill.