For the first and only time of the 2020 season, the Washington Football Team will play in front of a national TV audience when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving this Thursday.
Washington is used to the short week this time of the year, as they have played on the holiday four of the past five seasons. But for rookie Chase Young, Thursday will be his first experience playing in the NFL's Turkey Day slate.
Following Washington's Week 11 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday --- arguably Young's best game of the season -- the 2020 No. 2 overall pick said he's looking forward to the holiday tilt against Dallas because he knows one famous athlete will be amongst the millions tuned in.
"LeBron's gonna be watching; everyone's gonna be watching," Young said. "It's that time to get that money for sure."
Young is of course referring to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who's a big fan of the pass rusher himself. Growing up in Ohio, James is a big fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Young's alma mater.
When Young was a star for the Buckeyes, he earned multiple shout outs from the four-time NBA MVP. The pass rusher's offseason work this past summer also earned praise from James, too.
James won't be pulling for Young's club on Thursday, though. The NBA star is a big supporter of the Cowboys, Washington's opponent on Thanksgiving.
So, while the four-time NBA champion will likely be rooting for Young to play well, he's certainly hoping the 'Boys come out on top -- something they've done a lot on Thanksgiving over the years. Dallas is 8-1 historically on the holiday against Washington and has won the past three Thanksgiving contests between the two.
But for Young, he's not worried about impressing James or anyone else watching. All the rookie pass rusher is focused on is delivering for his team, but also making his mother proud.
“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t think he really worries about the criticism either," head coach Ron Rivera said on Young postgame Sunday. "I think probably the only criticism he’s really worried with other than ours is probably his mom. I know she’s a heck of a fan. I know moms are always tough on their boys."