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All-Time best NFL Thanksgiving Day players by the numbers: Tony Romo, Barry Sanders and more

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The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game for over 40 seasons, with the Lions hosting a Thanksgiving Day game every year since 1945 and the Cowboys since 1978.

Since the Lions and the Cowboys have hosted games on the Thanksgiving slate every year since 1978, it’s no surprise their players own the all-time records on Thanksgiving in several categories. Even though Sanders averaged 4.47 yards per carry on Thanksgiving, the Lions went 7-3 in his 10 games played. Smith has eight 100-plus yard rushing performances on Thanksgiving in 12 games, the most notable when he ran for 144 yards on 23 carries in his final Thanksgiving Day game for the Cowboys in 2002 – at the age of 33.

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