Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward has no shortage of birds ... but he tells TMZ Sports, he's never been lucky enough to join John Madden for his famous Thanksgiving meat-a-palooza.
Of course, we're talking about Madden's "turducken" -- a chicken, stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey ... which the football announcer famously eats on Thanksgiving.
Madden first made turduckens famous back in 1997, when he brought one on the air during a Thanksgiving Day football game broadcast. In subsequent years, Madden used to give out turducken to the winners of the Thanksgiving game.
But sadly, Hines said he was never one of them. Thankfully, he can still cook his own.