BATON ROUGE, La. — If you don’t think Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year, you probably won’t get along with LSU defensive end Rashard Lawrence.
“I just don’t see how you can overlook food,” Lawrence said. “Any time you get to eat a lot of food, good food, you eat it. So, I don’t know why people don’t talk about Thanksgiving more. I know people have Christmas dinner and all that. But Thanksgiving? Shoot. You’ve got everything. You’ve got the pies. Oof. Don’t even get me started.”
Along with Christmas and his birthday, Lawrence lists Thanksgiving as one of the three best days of the year. Food is a huge reason why. The 300-pound sophomore didn’t get to go home to Monroe last year with the Tigers playing in College Station on Thanksgiving Day. But this year he gets to make the trip north to be with his family.
That means he gets to dig into his favorite Thanksgiving treat: his mother’s macaroni and cheese. When asked what makes mom’s mac ‘n’ cheese better than the rest, Lawrence said there’s just a different taste to it, describing it as “just wonderful.”
Don’t think that Lawrence is going easy on his mom, either. Lawrence has talked at length about wanting to be a television commentator after his playing career is over. But with Thanksgiving on the mind, Lawrence talked a little bit about a side career as a professional taster on the Food Network.
“I like eating good food, but as far as cooking it, I’m still working on it,” Lawrence joked. “I’d be a good taster. I’ll tell the truth, too. I ain’t gonna lie just cause I’m on TV. I’ll let them know if it’s good or not.”
Lawrence said he’ll have to show a little restraint on Thursday. He and the Tigers play a game on Saturday, after all, and he doesn’t want to gain too much weight. Still, Lawrence said he’ll probably gain a few pounds in Monroe.
But will he gain the most weight? Lawrence isn’t so sure. Between teammates Ed Alexander, Tyler Shelvin and Breiden Fehoko on the defensive line, there are plenty of stomachs on the LSU roster getting ready to expand.
Senior defensive end Christian LaCouture and his family are hosting the LSU defensive linemen who aren’t going home for Thursday dinner. LaCouture laughed about the situation, saying he doesn’t think two turkeys will be enough for the table.
As for Lawrence, he said he plans to enjoy Thanksgiving in moderation — well, relative moderation.
“I’m looking forward to eating,” Lawrence said. “I hope I’m not too heavy for Saturday. I’m going to try to cut back a little bit. But I don’t know. I didn’t get to go home last year, so getting to go home this year, I’m going to let loose.”