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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Updated: November 24, 5:43 PM ET
What are you most thankful for?

Compiled by Louise Cornetta
Special to Page 3

In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, Page 3 asked athletes and former athletes:

What are you most thankful for?

Brandon Noble, Redskins DT:
My family. My wife and children make me happy. They keep things in perspective for me, especially in my line of work.

Dwight Freeney
Thanks to his teammates, Dwight Freeney has a hop in his step.
Dwight Freeney, Colts DE:
Playing on such a great team, with a great group of guys. This program fits me well. There really is a family atmosphere here. You hear about serious competitiveness on teams -- attitudes and it being cutthroat where guys are after your position. Here we learn from each other and no one gets down on each other.

Carlos Emmons, Giants LB:
My daughter. She just turned 19-months old. She's opened up a whole new aspect about myself for me. It's bigger than the man. She showed me there is more to life than just my job. You have someone depending on you for their well being and to influence how they grow up.

Rocket Ismail, former NFL WR, current ESPN College Football analyst:
Keeping things in the ESPN family, I am thankful for Bud Morgan, he hooked this brother up. He works for ESPN and he really helped me with this segment I do on College GameDay called "Prep the Pro." He got me in shape, ready to roll, hooked me up. The next time I did the segment, after he helped, everyone was raving about it. It was about Ronnie Brown of Auburn and Thomas Davis of Georgia on their rivalry. So, I'm thankful for Bud Morgan.

Mike Golic, ESPN NFL analyst and radio host:
I'm thankful we're not talking about Terrell Owens and Nicollete Sheridan anymore.

Joe Theismann, ESPN NFL analyst
First, I'm thankful for the good health of my family and myself. Second, I'm thankful for the opportunity to live in the United States. Third, I'm thankful to be around people I love and to be able to do something I love to do.

Kerry Wood, Cubs RHP:
Just being healthy and not having any problems. I'm hosting an event called Strike Zone, it's a celebrity bowling tournament to help strike out cancer, benefiting the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Events like this make me realize how fortunate I am to have my health.

Brendan Haywood, Wizards center:
I'm thankful for my family. They have always been there for me. They were there before I had money and was playing in the NBA. They've been with me through a lot over the years. I lost a close member of my family and that makes me appreciate my family that much more now.

Pau Gasol, Grizzlies forward:
My health and the life that I'm leading. I am privileged and very lucky and fortunate to have the life I have.

Manu Ginobili, Spurs guard:
I'm thankful for being in a wonderful town [San Antonio] with a great group of guys on a winning team. And most important thing is making my living out of the thing I love most.

Tim Duncan, Spurs forward/center:
Life. Just life in general.

Ricky Davis, Celtics guard:
My family. I love to be with family. I'm a family man.

Tom Gugliotta, Celtics forward:
Besides health and family, what else is there? I've been blessed with a lot of things. I'm a very fortunate person to have the people and the opportunities I have in my life. I can't complain about one thing really!