Over the years, a lot has changed about how we celebrate Thanksgiving, but certain traditions — gatherings of family and friends, football in the backyard, and a turkey on the table — have stood the test of time.
Sometimes, when his house full of Tar Heel fanatics huddles up around the TV, the Ramblin’ Man gets to feeling a little sidelined. Hard as he tries, “tackle” and “net” conjure visions of mountain streams, even during football and basketball seasons.
Torry and Terrence Holt grew up playing football in Gibsonville. Within a few short years, they were stars in the NFL. Today, they spend the holidays together with family and friends in Raleigh, looking back on lives lived with integrity.
In the era before integration, Ridgeview High School’s football team was the pride of Hickory, breaking state records left and right. Today, the remaining players are seeing to it that their legacy is not forgotten.
One of the highest-paid centers in the NFL walked away from football at the peak of his career. His new life on a farm in Louisburg, just 30 minutes from where he grew up, was much harder, and happier, than he ever thought possible.