At least one Colts tackler prefers Thanksgiving turkey free

The traditional holiday main course isn't in Jerrell Freeman's plans.

The Indianapolis Colts linebacker known as “Free” prefers Thanksgiving turkey free.

Jerrell Freeman has a specific diet, one he declines to disclose, but it doesn’t include the typical holiday main course.

“I don’t know, I’ve just never been a turkey guy,” he said Wednesday. 

Defensive end Kendall Langford reminded of just how particular Freeman is when it comes to eating.

“‘Free,’ probably out of every guy in this locker room, has the strictest diet,” Langford said. “He sticks by his diet. That’s just him. He’s not going to break it for anything or anyone. He’s going to continue to eat the way he eats.

“I ask him sometimes, ‘Do you even get tired of it?’ Because sometimes he’ll have the same thing exact for like two weeks. That’s pretty impressive.”

Freeman laughs when asked about it.

“I mean, I have an OK diet,” he said with a big smile. “I’m going to leave it at that.”

Then he laughs for a few seconds.

“Yeah, I’m pretty strict,” Freeman said. “Probably the same thing every day for the whole season.”

So how does he not get tired of it?

“It’s called discipline and being a professional, man, you know?” he said with a shrug.

What are his plans for Thursday’s holiday?

“Thanksgiving, I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure that one out,” he said. “I’ll see if I give myself some leniency or not. We’ll see.”

Langford doesn’t have that problem. He looks forward to dining with family, which includes a fried turkey.

“I’m going to fry one and my wife is going to bake one,” he said. “My parents are coming to town, my nephew, so we have options.”

Unlike Freeman, the 6-6, 305-pound defender will eat his share.

“I’m not a guy who watches his weight,” Langford said with a smile. “My weight’s good. It’s not going to get out of control by any means.”

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