Watch Cowboys teammates throw DaRon Bland in Red Kettle after record-setting pick-six

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DaRon Bland did it. Of course he did.

The Dallas Cowboys cornerback secured his fourth pick-six of the season in Week 11, which prompted immediate discourse about how long -- or if -- Bland would set the NFL record for pick-sixes by the end of the season. One more pick-six with seven games to play. How hard could it be?

Not at all, apparently, as Bland broke the record five days later on Thanksgiving with the entire country watching. Because of course he did. Facing a turnover-prone QB in Sam Howell, fans had a feeling Bland was waiting for his moment to jump a route.

Unlike his four other pick-sixes this season, Bland couldn't make a beeline for the end zone. He needed to travel some 60 yards to make history and dodged three (!) Commanders would-be tacklers on his way to glory.

Bland was swarmed by Cowboys teammates, who responded accordingly by tossing the star cornerback in the Salvation Army Red Kettle.

DaRon Bland thrown in Red Kettle by Cowboys teammate after record-setting pick-six

It doesn't get any better than that.

Dak Prescott pulling a turkey leg out of the Red Kettle after his long touchdown to KaVontae Turpin was a genius celebration in its own right, but Bland getting thrown in the Kettle takes the cake for obvious reasons.

Jim Nantz's call of Bland's touchdown will give you goosebumps.

We've already eaten our bodyweight in turkey and stuffing, but if you need us we'll be watching both videos on loop until dessert is ready ... and probably into tomorrow.

We don't make the rules, but Bland locked up first-team All-Pro. Next up for the 24-year-old star is being regularly mentioned in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation. Cowboys fans and talking heads have been beating that drum for months now.

It's time Bland moved up the rankings and onto the shortlist of candidates. Edge rushers will always get more love than CBs -- that's just how it goes -- but Bland should be mentioned in the same conversation as Myles Garrett, Fred Warner, teammate Micah Parsons and T.J. Watt.

Only 13 players have caught more touchdowns than Bland this season. We could be here all day rattling off stats that cement Bland's case for DPOY. At this point, he's no longer a dark horse for the award. He should be a household name and regarded as one of the game's premier cornerbacks.

After making history on Thanksgiving, he just might get that recognition.

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