During TJ Lang's 10 years in the NFL, he was lucky enough (or unlucky enough) to play in five games Thanksgiving Day games -- four with the Packers and one with the Lions.
"When I was with Green Bay, you dreaded that Thanksgiving Day game. Anytime you have to travel for a Thursday game, it puts more stress on your body, you’re taking away some of that recovery time, you’re playing a 12:30 game, you’re just losing all these hours of recovery from the pervious week," Lang said on the latest episode of the Necessary Roughness podcast. "It was tough. I think we were 2-1 (against the Lions) when I was in Green Bay and the one year we lost, we lost bad. We got up 10-0 early in the game, we lost 40-10. It was just a slaughter. They killed us."