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Patriots share favorite Thanksgiving foods: From honey-glazed ham to pecan pie

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

The New England Patriots are scheduled to practice Thursday morning, and if all goes according to plans, they will be out of work early in the afternoon to enjoy the holiday.

As for Bill Belichick's top draft pick on the menu, he's remaining open-minded. "Yeah, pretty much whatever’s on the table is at the top of my list," he said Wednesday with a smile. "I wouldn't turn that down."

Safety Duron Harmon, on the other hand, is a little more demanding. "Honey-glazed ham made by my mom and grandma," he said. "If that's not there, I might cry."

Belichick shared his favorite Thanksgiving memory on sports radio WEEI on Monday. "Thanksgiving for me, as a kid, was always the final practice before the Army-Navy game," he said. "So Navy would go out and practice on Thursday morning, call it around 10 o'clock, and the last thing that would happen in practice, their tradition, was that the players would throw all the coaches into the Severn River, which by the end of November, oh my, it was cold. So as practice was over, they'd be hunting those coaches down."

In recent years, a sampling of players' Thanksgiving likes has been a big hit, so let's bring back some of those answers and add in some new ones as well.

The question: What is your must-have at the Thanksgiving table?

G Joe Thuney: "Grandma's mashed potatoes and gravy."

C/G Ted Karras: "Pumpkin pie or my dad's baked clams."

LB Trevor Reilly: "My wife's chocolate pecan pie. I'm going to bring you a piece to try."

TE Jacob Hollister: "Mom's stuffing ..."

WR Cody Hollister (practice squad): "... With a little gravy on it."

DE Trey Flowers: "Mom's mac and cheese."

TE Rob Gronkowski: "Stuffing. It always goes good with the turkey. ... When someone makes a dry turkey, you always need a cup of extra gravy on that, but the stuffing always goes good. Just put the stuffing on top of whatever you're about to eat, and it makes it delicious."

LB Marquis Flowers: "Mom's honey-baked ham."

P Ryan Allen: "Good stuffing and gravy is hard to beat."

WR Danny Amendola: "My mom's stuffing, it's a Ritz cracker stuffing. Unbelievable. It's my grandma's [recipe]. Two of Boston's finest."

C David Andrews: "Dressing. Not stuffing. It's different up here [in the Northeast]. People call it stuffing."

RB Brandon Bolden: "Cornbread dressing."

CB Malcolm Butler: "My sister's mac and cheese."

LS Joe Cardona: "Pumpkin pie."

OT Cameron Fleming: "Cornbread dressing."

K Stephen Gostkowski: "A big galosh of everything mashed together ... and cranberry sauce out of the can."

DE Geneo Grissom: "My mom's beans, with some ground beef, green peppers and onions."

LB Dont'a Hightower: "Mom's mac and cheese."

WR Chris Hogan: "Canned cranberry sauce. Not homemade. I want the jelly right out of the can. If there's no canned cranberry sauce, I'm bringing it myself [smiling]."

CB Jonathan Jones: "My mom's stuffing, which is my grandma's recipe. It's going to be hard this year not having it."

S Brandon King: "Deep-fried turkey. It's not something you get a lot of around here."

G Shaq Mason: "Turkey and dressing."

S Devin McCourty: "I'm a ham guy."

LB Shea McClellin: "Leftovers are great, so I'd say Hawaiian rolls. Doughy, sweet and you make your turkey sandwiches the next day."

S Jordan Richards: "I have to go dessert -- apple pie."

CB Eric Rowe: "Cornbread. I could eat it for days."

OT Nate Solder: "I like them all mixed."

DT Vincent Valentine: "Mac and cheese."

LB Kyle Van Noy: "Turkey. For the first time, I tried a fried turkey in Detroit, and it was pretty good."

OT LaAdrian Waddle: "Dressing. Throw some sausage in there and make it your own."

RB James White: "Mac and cheese."