Families excited to return to Thanksgiving football traditions after dealing with pandemic

Families excited to return to Thanksgiving football traditions after dealing with pandemic
Terry Lavery and his son Colin Lavery look forward to restoring their family's annual Thanksgiving football tradition. Photo credit Terry Keshner/ WBBM Newsradio

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — After being interrupted last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the traditions that is returning is the annual family Thanksgiving football game.

“I get a permit for a local field for two hours and we do our annual Turkey Bowl,”said River Forest resident Cathy Layton, 49.

Layton has 11 siblings and between all of them and their children, nieces, nephews, friends and others, they have been playing the annual game for about 30 years.

“It’s fun to watch the fathers and mothers and their kids,” Layton told WBBM Newsradio. “And they like to give each other a hard time, a little extra shoving and pushing. It’s fun.  We have also included all of our dogs now. This year in my email to my family I referred to as the Turkey/Puppy Bowl.”

And after skipping last year because of the pandemic, Layton said this year’s game is more important than ever.

“I love it,” she said with a smile.

Oak Park resident Co