Welcome to the Antonio Gibson arrival party.
The Washington Football Team drafted Gibson with the 66th overall pick out of Memphis in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It is unclear if they knew they were drafting a star.
On Thursday, he made his star-turn.
Gibson ran for 115 yards on 20 carries and had a hat-trick: three rushing touchdowns to put away the Dallas Cowboys 41-16.
With the three touchdowns, Gibson became the first rookie to have three scores in a game on Thanksgiving since Randy Moss did it back in 1998. (For those keeping track, Moss did that when Gibson was just six months old.)
Gibson also became the first player on Thanksgiving to run for at least 100 yards and at least three rushing touchdowns since Barry Sanders in 1997. (Before Gibson’s birth. Feel old yet?)
“Story of my life,” Gibson said. “Every time the spotlight come on, it seems like God’s always watching down on me.
“To be able to come out on national TV and do this is an amazing feeling.”
His second TD of the game came the play after Dallas ran a misguided fake punt and put Washington up two scores.
In his rookie campaign, Gibson started out slowly. But he has become Washington's main ball-carrier as we reach the business end of the season. Gibson has 645 yards for the season on 139 rushes for a 4.6 yards per attempt average.
But In his last five games, he has averaged 5.36 yards per rush and run for eight touchdowns.
“He’s still growing,” head coach Ron Rivera said after the game. “The thing about him is he’s got so much potential and ability."
He also hauled in five catches for 21 yards on Thanksgiving.
And Gibson put the game away with a run right up the gut on a third-and-six.
“I just used my speed to get around him,” Gibson said after the game.