55-Year-Old Man Isn’t Letting Age Stop Him From Playing College Football
Usually the type of people who say “age is only a number” are Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends or someone else who is contractually bound to be in denial.
However, 55-year-old Joe Thomas Sr. isn’t letting age stop him, and it has nothing to do with appearance’s sake. The determined dad chose to go back to college to pursue a degree and cure financial woes as well as play ball while he is at it.
As a 55-year-old college senior on the practice team, Joe Sr. is running out of time to get some playing time and make history as the oldest division one college football player to take the field.
According to Campus Rush, the original plan was for Thomas Sr. to play alongside his son at South Carolina State and become the “first-ever father-and-son teammates.”
Unfortunately, Joe Jr. was involved in a car accident that resulted in an ACL and MCL injury that disrupted his season and prevented father and son from being able to practice together.
However, all is well that ends well: Joe Jr. was signed by the Green Bay Packers in 2014 where he still plays as a linebacker.
Joe Senior was completing his sophomore year at the time and still practicing with the team at South Carolina State.
Although they never got to play together, Joe Jr. says, “At first I thought it would be really weird. When my teammates found out, they’d say things like, ‘Your dad is coming for your spot.’ But he’s a grown man, and I wasn’t going to get in the way of his dreams. I’m happy for him now.”
As mentioned, time is ticking in terms of opportunities for Joe Sr. to fulfill his dream of playing college football. In fact, he feels like he hasn’t been given a fair chance. He says, “I believe that if the coaches looked past my age and just let me okay football, I’d steal someone’s position.”
When asked about Joe Sr., Head Coach Buddy Pough, who is only ten years older than the player of interest, said: “His evaluation of himself is different than our evaluation of him. We tried to make him a running back. We tried to make him a linebacker. Nothing stuck. All that being said, I know it would mean the world to him and it would be special so our fans. If we get a possibility to put him on the field, we will.”
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