Dolly Parton steals show on Thanksgiving, dresses as Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for halftime performance


The Dallas Cowboys continued their tradition of playing on Thanksgiving, but it was the halftime show that stole headlines. 

Dolly Parton, the 77-year-old country music legend, performed at halftime of the game between the Cowboys and the Washington Commanders

Dolly Parton performs on Thanksgiving

Dolly Parton performs during halftime in the game between the Washington Commanders and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.  (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Parton performed at midfield dressed in the iconic Cowboys cheerleader outfit and sang some of her hits. 

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The country music star performed “Jolene,” “9 to 5” and her own rendition of “We Are The Champions” by Queen.

It was the second time in less than a week that Parton was seen on a football field, as she joined NFL great Peyton Manning for Tennessee’s game against top-ranked Georgia. 

Parton joined the crowd in singing “Rocky Top” at the end of the first quarter. 

“Well, I couldn’t hear, but I love the song!” Parton said after her performance, according to WATE 6 in Knoxville. “I just want you to know how proud I am to be here and thank you so much for taking special attention to do whatever we do. And I had a little trouble with hearing, but we know “Rocky Top,” and that song was written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, and Dale. Their son is in the stadium tonight. So I guess we’ll play ball! Thank you!”

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Parton’s performance on Thursday came during the Cowboys route of the Commanders as Dallas moved to 8-3 on the season. 

Dolly Parton performs on Thanksgiving

Dolly Parton performs during halftime of an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Commanders Thursday, November 23, 2023, in Arlington, Texas.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Dallas extended its home winning streak to 13 in a 45-10 victory over Washington. 

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns as the Dallas offense scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. 

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The loss for Washington was the eighth in the last ten games as the Commanders fell to 4-8 on the season. 

Dak Prescott and Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks #3 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown with Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys in the game against the Washington Commanders during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.  (Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

“We just got beat by a lot of points on Thanksgiving,” receiver Terry McLaurin said. “The game was within reach. And we just didn’t make the necessary plays to kind of put the ball in the end zone and do our part. So that’s never a good feeling.”

The NFL continues on Friday with a game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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