55-Year-Old Joe Thomas Sr. Proved That Age Is Just A Number As He Played College Football!
Joe Thomas Sr. became the oldest walk-on running back for South Carolina State when he took the field in their 32-0 victory over Savannah State.
The 55-year-old took a handoff and gained 3 yards with 4:34 remaining on the clock. He was presented with the game ball after finishing the game with four carries to his name for minus -1-yard rushing. The father of Bay Packers linebacker Joe Thomas Jr., called it on of the happiest days of his life. He never really got to play college football, and now, thanks to South Carolina State coach Biddy Pough, he finally fulfilled his lifelong wish.
“I felt like a hero,” he said. “It was certainly one of the happiest days of my life. I always wanted to play college football and I finally got the chance. And I thank South Carolina State, coach [Buddy] Pough and the entire coaching staff and my teammates for the opportunity. I had been waiting 36 years.”
“I always said, ‘Never give up on your dreams. Keep driving forward and don’t listen to other people’ It’s a great day for me, but I must admit, I didn’t think my situation would generate so much attention and so much positive response.” “I am a little worried,” Joe Jr. said Friday.
“I know his body might be a little fragile. I’m going to try to get the coach not to run him on one of those stretch plays. I’m going to try to get him to run straight downhill.” Joe Jr. started his career with the Green Bay Packers before signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
After a brief stint in the Cowboys’ practice squad, he returned to the Green Bay Packers where he’s played a total of 14 regular season games. The athlete was full of praise for his father, who was an entrepreneur whose business went under during the recession. Joe Sr. is now studying engineering and is looking to revive his athletic career. He’s currently practicing with the scout team.
“It’s been crazy for me,” Joe Jr. said. “I never thought you’d see a 55-year-old running back. I’m just proud of him. He made his mind up to do something and stuck to it.”