For Northwestern’s football team, there is plenty to be thankful for, something that the team aptly summed up in a social media post on Thursday. It was a reminder of what really matters during what has undoubtedly been a difficult and trying year.

Against the backdrop of the Thanksgiving season and a time of gratitude, several Northwestern football players talked about why they are thankful this time of the year. This included quarterback Peyton Ramsey, a transfer from Indiana, who said he is thankful to be a part of this Northwestern team.

Northwestern is 5-0 on the season after a 17-7 win over Wisconsin last weekend. The win pushed them to No. 11 in the AP Top 25. The Wildcats are eighth in the recently released College Football Playoff ranking.

The pathway for the Big Ten Championship Game is there for Northwestern. Having beaten Wisconsin on Saturday, Northwestern does not have a ranked team on the three games reamining on their schedule.

Ramsey’s teammates talked about their thankfulness for the other players in the locker room, the coaching staff and family. During a time such as COVID-19 when so much that is familiar has been stripped away, it was a touching montage of comments.

The comments by the players were made more powerful as they were set against an instrumental playing of the hymn ‘We Gather Together.’ The song is often used at Thanksgiving.