New England Patriots

Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Matt Judon (9) waves to fans after the last play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not really Thanksgiving week until Patriots players start getting asked their favorite side dishes. That tradition began at media availability on Tuesday.

Linebacker Matthew Judon decided to take that question in a different direction. Instead of giving his must-have side dish, he gave an impassioned speech against what some consider to be a Thanksgiving staple.

“I’m not even going to answer your question. I’m going to tell you – We’ve got to get macaroni and cheese off the table. All right, guys? I’m getting on my soapbox,” Judon began. “It’s just cheese and noodles. It’s not that good.”

“Let’s be honest guys. Everybody here is probably a little lactose, so it messes up our stomachs. And we have to get it off the table. It’s probably one of the most overrated dishes.” he continued, before dropping in “my favorite is dressing. I do love dressing.”

After briefly answering the original question, Judon got right back into his point. “But get macaroni and cheese off the table and it will be a much better Thanksgiving for everybody in the house. I have never liked macaroni and cheese. You know how they say ‘Your taste buds change every seven years, you just gotta’ – every time I try it it’s the same thing. It’s never going to change, and it’s never going to get better, all right? I’m almost 30 now. I’m pretty set in my ways, and it’s disgusting. Get it off the table. The bathrooms will be less busy and everybody will have a better day. So if you want to have a good Thanksgiving, don’t cook macaroni and cheese.”

The ultimate irony in all of this? Judon spoke after Dont’a Hightower, who said Mac & Cheese is his favorite side dish. Perhaps there’s a conversation to be had there.

So what happens when Judon sees Mac & Cheese on the table on Thanksgiving? “My whole family loves it. My brothers and sisters. My mom cooks it in a big pan. They know not to put it on my plate, or that’s fighting words,” he explained. “I’m going to have to fight everybody in the house one by one. And I will wait until they eat their macaroni and cheese, get sluggish, and then I’m going to whoop them.”

Judon’s comments will no doubt start quite the debate among Patriots fans. But if he treats Ryan Tannehill like he’s offering him a big bowl of Kraft Instant or Stouffer’s on Sunday, it will be all good.

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