Thanksgiving Day will offer a football feast for York County sports fans.

The day starts off with a light appetizer when the Green Bay Packers take on the Detroit Lions at 12:30 p.m. The game will feature one of York County's favorite sons, Dover High School graduate John Kuhn, who is a bruising fullback with the Packers.

Don't look for the former Pro Bowler to get his hands on the ball much -- he's only run the ball five times for 23 yards this season and caught 11 passes for 74 yards. But, barring injury, he'll see plenty action doing what he does best -- delivering punishing blocks. He's carved out an eight-year NFL career and earned millions of dollars doing just that -- not bad for a guy who played NCAA Division II football at Shippensburg University and was bypassed entirely in the NFL draft.

Next comes the soup, a hearty offering that promises to satisfy the appetite of the Penn State fans in the audience -- and there are plenty of those in York County.

The unlikely story of Matt McGloin will play out on Thursday on a nationally televised stage when the Oakland Raiders visit the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 p.m.

By now, nearly everyone in these parts is intimately familiar with the McGloin tale -- the story of an under-sized, under-talented walk-on from Scranton who shockingly earned the starting quarterback job at PSU over three blue-chip recruits.


Like Kuhn, McGloin was bypassed in the NFL draft despite a strong college career and signed a free-agent contract with the Raiders. Most expected him to become simple practice fodder before getting unceremoniously cut a couple weeks into training camp. Again, he defied the odds, beating out a draft pick and a veteran QB to become Oakland's primary backup. An injury to Terrelle Pryor made him Oakland's No. 1 QB and he will make his third-straight NFL start on Thursday.

In his first two starts, McGloin was 37-for-64 (57.8 percent) for 457 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception -- not bad for guy that most folks (including this one) thought would never take an NFL snap.

At 8:30 p.m., the main course will be served -- the Ravens vs. the Steelers in Baltimore.

In York County, this game is as big as it gets. They are, without a doubt, the two most popular NFL teams in this area.

The two bitter AFC North rivals simply despise each other, and many of their devoted fans around here feel exactly the same way.

Add in the fact that both teams are 5-6 and fighting for their playoff lives, and it promises to be an epic slugfest.

For York County NFL fans, it simply doesn't get much better than Thanksgiving Day.

It's triple-header brimming with story lines of serious local interest.

So sit back, unbuckle your belt and bring a big appetite.

The football feast is about to begin.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at