An NFL Player to Respect

Wish we saw these stories more often.

Here I am, wide awake at 3:30 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Nothing to do with the Super Bowl, just my normal insomnia. I’m in the middle of my once-every-five-years deep cleaning of the BearsHistory Bar and office, so figured I’d get up and get back to work rather than lay in bed wide awake until the sun rises.

Happened to catch a story on the WGN Morning News about Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick that spent his rookie season on injured reserve. Thomas, a little-known rookie probably making close to the NFL minimum with a dubious chance at even making the team, provided two Super Bowl tickets to a needy youngster in Chicago. There is no direct link on WGN’s website, but West Virgina Illustrated has an article about it.

I had never seen Thomas speak, but in this 30 seconds I have an instant admiration for this guy. Seems like a great person, and from here I will be pulling for him to make the 2012 Chicago Bears team and have a great NFL career.

Given the greed of professional sports owners and players, I often wonder if someday I will come to my senses and not send another dime of my hard-earned money to the McCaskey family. We will see about that someday, but for now it’s good to know that there are some good people lIke Thomas left in professional sports.

Very best wishes to you, J.T.

3 Responses to “An NFL Player to Respect”

  1. This is a good story. I also think he attended a dance with a disabled girl who didn’t have a date. Being disabled myself, I think it’s great to see players who realize that there are fans who look up to them. I’ll be rooting for Thomas to make the team as well.

  2. Great story, thanks for posting. He could have easily listed those tickets online and got 3,000 out of them.

  3. He’s not doing himself any favors: he was charged with possession of weed.

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