Michael Irvin started his own tradition on Thanksgiving tradition.

Prior to going live on NFL GameDay Morning, Irvin was filmed sneaking a plate of spaghetti to his recording location and he ate the spaghetti at 8:49 a.m. CT. It might have been too early in the morning for a big plate of spaghetti, but that did not stop Irvin from chowing down on some leftovers from Wednesday night.

During the show, Irvin’s unusual breakfast was played on the broadcast and he had to defend his food choices. Rich Eisen questioned why Irvin ate spaghetti on Thanksgiving morning and Irvin explained why he went with that food choice in the morning:

“Yes, we got all the food and everybody is cooking in here. There’s nothing like the second day spaghetti in the morning for breakfast. It’s the best meal,” Irvin said.

Irvin was criticized for his breakfast, but he made a strong case for why other people should enjoy spaghetti for breakfast, even if it is on Thanksgiving. Irvin, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, will be getting ready to see his former team play the New York Giants.

Hopefully, Irvin will enjoy some traditional Thanksgiving food throughout the day. The NFL Thanksgiving slate will feature the Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, and the New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings.