Family important to Hughes, Sheard

Posted Nov 22, 2012

For Browns defensive linemen John Hughes and Jabaal Sheard, family is the most important thing during the holiday season.

Cleveland Browns defensive linemen John Hughes and Jabaal Sheard enjoy the holidays more when they have the chance to spend them with family.

With the country celebrating Thanksgiving today, nothing was going to stop Hughes, the oldest of five brothers, from enjoying the holiday with the ones he cares for the most.

“For me, I think it’s being with your family,” Hughes said of Thanksgiving. “Every couple years, I wouldn’t be able to do it because somebody couldn’t come in or something like that. When I can get the whole family together, I think that’s the thing about Thanksgiving I like the most.”

Hughes grew up in Gahanna, Ohio, about 15 minutes northeast of Columbus.

“I’m going to see what I can do,” Hughes said of getting his family into town. “I’m going to see if my grandma’s going to be able to come up and if I have to, I’ll go down and get her. I want to be with my family for Thanksgiving, that’s for sure.”

Like Hughes, Sheard sees Thanksgiving as a time to embrace the family.

“It’s a time to be happy,” Sheard said. “The family actually gets a chance to be together. Everybody gets a good meal and it’s just a lot of happy faces going on.”

Sheard, a native of Hollywood Hills, Fla., looks at Thanksgiving and the holiday season as a way to teach his son, Jaiden, about the importance of giving back to those less fortunate. Sheard wants Jaiden to learn about taking care of others because he lived through some tough times growing up.

“I try to give him the world every day,” Sheard said. “Christmas and Thanksgiving, I want to put him where he knows to give back and know that he’s blessed and should give to others.

“It’s great to give back. I remember times when I was unfortunate. I didn’t have a turkey. I just had a ham. We had to go to the park and get a turkey. I think it’s great to have the opportunity to give back and when you do have the chance, you should.”

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