Earl Thomas is a fine young man who right from his time as a kid, had always dreamed of playing in the National Football League. Today, the athlete is living his childhood dream and he has managed to entrench his name in the history books. He has done so by being able to become a Super Bowl champion, garner seven Pro Bowl invites, and earn five All-Pro selections. The Texas native was further named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team, a clear indication that he is as talented as any other person that plays in his position.
How Earl Thomas Kick Started His Career
The highly decorated player began his football career while in high school. He attended the prestigious West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas where he was a star for the school’s team. He played as a wide receiver, running back and defensive back.
In his high school career, Earl Thomas recorded an impressive 2,140 receiving yards, 1,850 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns, 112 tackles with 11 interceptions. When he graduated in 2007, he was ranked 12th on the list of top high school athletes and was given a four-star recommendation by Rivals.com.
The upcoming star proceeded to accept a scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he would play for the Texas Longhorns football team under coach Mack Brown. Earl redshirted his first year before making his debut for the team in 2008 as a safety. He started all 13 games in the season where he recorded an impressive 63 combined tackles and 17 pass breakups, an unprecedented achievement by a Longhorn freshman. He also had 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and a blocked kick to earn multiple All-Freshman honors.
In 2009, Earl Thomas played a key role in his team remaining undefeated all through the regular season. The Longhorns went on to get all the way to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game where they were beaten by Alabama. After this year, Thomas announced his decision to forgo the rest of his college years and made himself available for the 2010 NFL Draft. He went on to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis where he completed a majority of the drills before sustaining a hamstring injury.
Regardless of this, the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the first round of the draft with the 14th overall pick. Being only 20 years at the time, Earl became one of the youngest players ever drafted. This did not stop him from going on to sign a five-year deal with the team.
His NFL Career and Battle With Injuries
At the beginning of his rookie season, Earl Thomas was named starting free safety by his coach. The budding NFL star went on to start all 16 games of the season, recording 76 combined tackles, 5 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, and a forced fumble to help his team to a first-place finish in the NFC West. The athlete subsequently got his first taste of playoff football as the Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card Round before falling to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Divisional Round.
Thomas earned his first Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro honors in the following year as he finished the season with 98 combined tackles, 7 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble in 16 games which he all started. The athlete kept up his performances in the following seasons, earning more Pro Bowl selections and All-Pro Team honors as his team won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013.
Thanks to his contributions, the Seahawks rewarded Thomas with a mouthwatering contract extension before the start of the 2014 season. This proved to be a good motivation for the player as he was a pivotal part of the team that went all the way to the Super Bowl again. Earl recorded nine combined tackles but that was not enough to get his team victory as they were defeated by the New England Patriots.
A few weeks after losing the championship game, Earl Thomas underwent surgery to repair his separated shoulder. The player was able to heal in time and return for the 2015 season where he started in all 16 games, recording 64 combined tackles, 9 pass deflections, 5 interceptions, and one forced fumble.
The next year, Thomas sustained a number of injuries that hampered his performances and prompted him to end his season prematurely. In November, he suffered a hamstring injury in a match against the Philadelphia Eagles which forced him to abandon the game in the third quarter. He later broke his tibia in December after colliding with a teammate.
Thomas spent two more years with the Seahawks, a time during which he suffered a broken bone in his left leg, before joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2019.
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The Impressive Contracts and Sumptuous Net Worth of Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas’s first NFL contract with the Seattle Seahawks was worth $18.30 million over five years. It came with a $500,000 signing bonus and a guaranteed $11.75 million. The player signed an extension in 2014 that was worth $40 million. It included a $9.50 million signing bonus with $27.72 million of the money guaranteed.
In 2019, when he agreed to join the Baltimore Ravens, Earl’s annual salary was bumped to $13.75 million from $10 million. This was as a result of the deal he signed worth $55 million. Thanks to all of this, the professional athlete has a net worth estimated to be around $26 million.
Earl Thomas is Married With Kids
Earl Thomas is a married man. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Nina. The two started dating while in their junior year but separated briefly as Thomas went to Texas while Nina attended community college in Austin. The couple eventually got married in 2015 and have welcomed three children to the world.
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Their marriage looked to be going on very well until mid-April 2020 when it suffered a setback after Nina reportedly walked in on her husband with his brother and a couple of women in bed at a rental home in Austin. Furious and disappointed, Nina pointed a loaded gun at Earl’s head but did not pull the trigger. She was later arrested by officers of the Austin Police Department but has since been granted bail with a restraining order issued for her to steer clear of Thomas.