Coffmans pass on Thanksgiving football

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 | 7:42 p.m. CST; updated 8:15 p.m. CST, Friday, November 28, 2008
Missouri tight end Chase Coffman lunges for extra yards after making a catch in the first quarter Oct. 25 against Colorado. Coffman broke the NCAA Division I record for career pass receptions by a tight end in the game.

COLUMBIA — It would be a family touch football game unlike any other. The Coffmans have four football stars anyone would want on a Thanksgiving Day team: Missouri’s replay machine Chase Coffman, his former NFL player father, a brother who plays quarterback at Kansas State, and another quarterback brother in high school.

Fans can only imagine how such a game might go. Would Chase snag a pass from Carson and hurdle his father, Paul? Would his volleyball-playing sister, Camille, make a diving catch from Cameron?

We may never know. The Coffmans don’t play football on Thanksgiving.

“We’ve got a lot of football players in the family,” Paul Coffman said. “But you know, it’s not a day you want to go out and play.”

A former tight end for the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, Paul Coffman said he and the kids like the holidays to be a break. Fun as the game is, football is almost a job for the boys, who play nearly every day.

“It’s something the kids enjoy and I enjoyed, but on Thanksgiving we’ll be hanging out and eating a lot,” Paul said. “Probably eating too much.”

“Chase will be moved to offensive tackle after Thanksgiving,” he joked.

Instead of a pulling out the pigskin, the Coffmans play with dominoes and cards. They watch football games on television and laugh at old home videos.

“We just enjoy the family time,” Paul said. “During football season we’re spread out all over the place. It’s nice to be together.”

Cameron, a sophomore quarterback, just finished an 11-2 season at Raymore-Peculiar High School just outside Kansas City. Camille is a 6 foot 2 inch senior captain on the varsity volleyball team. Carson took snaps in six games as a redshirt freshman at Kansas State. And Chase will leave home in Peculiar late Thursday or early Friday to join the Tigers for the Saturday morning game against Kansas.

But if they did play?

“It’d be a whole bunch of freaks running around that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with,” said Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who joined the Coffmans for Thanksgiving last year. “I definitely would be outmatched.”

A game sure to involve great athleticism would also bring out intense family rivalry.

“It’d probably get a little rough,” Cameron said. “We’re all really competitive and really hate losing.”

Camille remembers how disastrous family basketball games turned out when they were younger.

“Someone would always get mad and leave,” she said.

The Coffman kids have grown up, but Camille said it’s still better to keep sports separate from the holidays. Their card games get competitive enough.

“When there’s only a few spoons left (in the card game Spoons), it gets a little crazy,” she said.

Another problem? Picking teams.

Daniel said he would take his fellow Tiger over Paul, the former pro. Both father and son play tight end.

“I’m sure his dad could give him some trouble, but I’d have to go with Chase,” Daniel said.

Cameron said he would choose Chase and Carson if he had first pick.

“Probably not my dad,” Cameron said. “He’s getting old.”

Camille would take Chase first round, then select her dad to play quarterback. She said he’s still in good shape for 52.

The only Coffman who wouldn’t be drafted is mom, Amy.

“She’s so unathletic. She’s never played a sport in her life,” Cameron said. “She’d probably come out and videotape us though.”



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