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ESPN The Magazine Hits Newsstands on Friday with a Look at Why Eagles QB Carson Wentz has Philadelphia Fans So Thankful

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Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, and for many people, it is also about family, food and football. Quarterback Carson Wentz has given Eagles faithful plenty to be thankful for, and the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine (on newsstands Nov. 24) profiles the charismatic NFL star. Writer Hallie Grossman’s cover story, “Carson Wentz Takes Flight,” examines how his football smarts and rocket arm have led to a red-hot season now stuffed with Super Bowl aspirations.

In “Roger Goodell Has a Jerry Jones Problem,” senior writers Don Van Natta and Seth Wickersham examine the bitter battle brewing between the NFL commissioner and one of the league’s most opinionated and powerful owners.

Patriots superfan Katie Nolan hosts her new ESPN colleagues Jonathan Vilma and Damien Woody for “A Very Brady Thanksgiving.” On the menu? Recipes from Tom Brady’s TB12 Nutrition Manual, touting the wholest of foods in the healthiest of preparations. Because nothing says Turkey Day like “sustained peak performance.”

In “How to Win Your Turkey Bowl,” writer Matt Bowen gives tips on how to take the edge off Thanksgiving family tension – with a good ol’ fashioned football beatdown before dinner. The X’s and O’s guru draws up the plays that will help you bury your loved ones in the backyard.

Additional content highlights:

Long Live the Butt Fumble 

On its fifth anniversary, ESPN The Magazine proudly presents the definitive oral history of the NFL’s most celebrated blooper. By David Fleming

Favorite Son of a Troubled Town

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas III is a deserving hero for Orange, Texas, his small hometown that has been plagued by natural disasters and racial conflict. But just how much can one man do to pull his community up with him? By Joel Anderson

The Case of the Disappearing Trophy 

An ESPN CSI probe into the search for the Civil ConFLiCT trophy and the mysterious end of college football’s most baffling non-rivalry between the UConn Huskies and the UCF Knights. By Andrea Adelson 

First Neymar, Now World Domination

Buyer’s Market” explores how Paris Saint-Germain spent $613 million to sign Neymar, and in the process may have changed the sport forever. By Bruce Schoenfeld

Also in this issue:

The Truth: Columnist Howard Bryant examines how some teams and fans continue to condone offensive mascots and why it might be time to let them go.

Numbers: Columnist Peter Keating examines Golden State’s Golden Rule – the Warriors are so great not just because they have the best players but also because they run the best plays.

Voices: Remembering Roy Halladay – a childhood friend of the surefire Hall of Famer reflects on the lessons he learned from the pitcher’s relationship with his father.

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