Growing up in Monroe, Louisiana, Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims not only dream of playing in the NFL but also of competing on one of the league's marquee days of the season: Thanksgiving Day.
"That's been one of my big, long dreams to play on Thanksgiving Day," Sims told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "I really used to always watch Washington and the Cowboys play. I ain't like the Cowboys, so I always had to watch their games."
Though Washington signed Sims as an undrafted free agent coming out of Alabama in 2018, he wasn't utilized in the team's 31-23 loss to Dallas that year, and Washington was left out of the Thanksgiving festivities last season. Now with a chance to make an impact in both the offensive and special teams parts of the game, Sims will be as excited as ever to make his childhood dreams a reality.
Still, the Alabama product's Thanksgiving traditions didn't exactly end once the third Thursday in November was over. Instead, the Sims family would continue their holiday celebrations the following Saturday by attending a special college bowl game.
That game is the Bayou Classic, where the Grambling State University Tigers face off against the Southern University in New Orleans at Tulane Stadium. As a family guy with Louisiana pride, Sims would have tons of fun at those tailgates around Thanksgiving time, he said.
That was especially the case with that New Orleans cuisine.
"I was always at the Grambling-Southern game," said Sims. "Good food and everything."
You can catch Cam Sims' full 1-on-1 interview with JP Finlay on Thursday's Kickoff Live at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.