At Garner’s house, a Thanksgiving feast and dance competition

The annual Thanksgiving feast at Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner’s house will be held again today. About 50 people are expected.

Large football players consuming large amounts of food at the Garners has been well-chronicled through the years.

That doesn’t mean that calories aren’t being burned, too.

Safety Bacarri Rambo has shown off his moves the last couple of years playing the video game “Just Dance” with Garner’s daughters.

“They were beating me,” Rambo said. “I had to step my game up a little bit. I had to go buy the game to go practice a little bit so they wouldn’t embarrass me. I like to compete and I don’t like to lose.”

Garner’s wife, Kimberly, is buying the latest version of the video game.

“My girls actually have the guys making fools out of themselves,” Garner said. “They brag about how they beat Rambo last year in the dance contest. They’ll have him doing some crazy dances.”

Rambo plans to go to his uncle’s house in Athens to eat this year, but he said he probably will still head over to the house for the dancing.

“That’s our Thanksgiving tradition,” he said.

So is players feasting at the Garners, where this year they will serve up among other things chitlins, macaroni and cheese, dressing, fried turkey, ham, Boston butt, corn, turnips and “every kind of cake you can think of.”

“You definitely got to watch what you eat,” said defensive lineman Garrison Smith, who has been to Garner’s house before but is going home this year to Atlanta to be with his family. “You can’t load up, especially someone like John Jenkins. He might try to eat 30 pounds of macaroni and cheese. You’ve got to tell him don’t eat more than his body weight.”

The 6-foot-3, 358-pound Jenkins told reporters he actually doesn’t eat too much.

“You don’t even believe that yourself,” Smith said to him.

Said Garner: “He eats certain things in view of others. I think he eats other things in private. You definitely have evidence that he’s eaten. It’s sort of like me.”

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