Many of us spend Thanksgiving doing two things: gorging ourselves stupid and pining over cheap crap to the point where we fight people over it at the nearby Walmart. It’s easy to forget that this is a day of thanks, and how much we have to be thankful for given how many in this country go without.
Not James Jones.
The San Jose State wide receiver from 2004 to 2006, now a star with the Packers, spoke about growing up poor in the Bay Area with the NFL Network, and how thankful he is to have plenty now.
“Someone would donate some food to the homeless shelter, and what ever they served, you eat,” he said. “Now, it’s a blessing to be able to cook everything you you want and eat all the deserts you want. … I’m truly blessed to play this game; I came from humble beginnings. I’m excited and happy be here every day I walk into this stadium.”
He hasn’t forgotten his roots. He and his wife doing a lot of charity work in San Jose, where he grew up, and Green Bay.
“I never want my family to go through anything that I ever went through,” he said.
Other San Jose State sports notes …
- Rashad Muhammad had 23 points for the Spartans, but the San Jose State men’s basketball team had it’s short winning streak snapped with an 86-69 loss to Portland on Wednesday. San Jose State shot well from 3-point range (8 for 22), but got just eight assists total (DJ Brown and Jalen James each had two.) The Spartans fall to 2-5 for the season and play again Saturday on KLIV-AM 1590 AM at Weber State. Game time is 6 p.m.
- The San Jose State women’s basketball team had a rough time in Davis on Tuesday, shooting just 29 percent from the field in a 95-61 drubbing at the hands of UC Davis. Ta’Rea Cunnigan had 10 points and moved into 10th all-time on career scoring for San Jose State, passing Natasha Johnson on the list. Rebecca Woodberry led the Spartans (4-3) with 14 points.
- San Jose State volleyball committed 23 errors in three games, a season high for three games, and lost to New Mexico 25-10, 25-14, 25-17 on Wednesday. They close out the season Friday at Air Force.