Earl Thomas is a fine young man who had big dreams of not only making it as a football safety but also of becoming one of the best, if not the very best, defensive back in the history of the NFL and today he appears to be living up to his dreams. Talk about football qualities like body control, recognition skills, lateral pursuit and run support, you find all these in Thomas, the enigma wrapped in a Seahawks uniform.
All through his football career, Earl Thomas has always shown complete dedication to his team and although he’s been public about his love for the Dallas Cowboys, he has never failed in his commitment to the Seahawks. He is not just best in reading the quarterback’s eyes but also has all it takes to be a starting cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). This is because, among other qualities he possesses, he has a unique playing skill that helps him locate the ball especially when it’s in the air. Even as the NFL’s best safety, the young player says he is more concerned about being the best defensive back than anything else.
Speaking of his defensive skills, Earl Thomas has one of the best ball skills of any defensive back. He is not only natural with the ball in the air, but his catches, carries, and interceptions are one of a kind. Since he joined the NFL in 2010, Earl has remained one of the most talked about player in terms of commitment to teamwork and defensive skills.
Earl Thomas’ Bio
Earl Winty Thomas III was born on May 7, 1989, to Debbie and Earl Snr. Being a native of Orange in Texas, Thomas went to West Orange-Stark High School where he began his football career, playing for the West Orange-Stark Mustangs as a wide receiver, defensive back and running back. He finished high school with a total of 112 tackles, 11 interceptions, 2 kickoff return touchdowns, and 2 punt return touchdowns. He also recorded 1,850 rushing yards with a total of 2,140 receiving yards. The youngster also was a well-known athlete. He was ranked No. 12 athlete in 2007 after helping his team to reach the 4 × 200 meters relay.
As for his college career, he played for the Texas Longhorns football team for three seasons (2007 to 2009) and recorded 63 combined tackles with 17 pass breakups in his 2008 season. He was thus ranked second on his team which is considered as the highest by a Longhorn freshman.
NFL Career Stats and Injury
In 2010, Thomas announced that he would be forgoing the rest of his college football career to join the NFL draft for the year. He joined and completed the majority drills for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. March 31, 2010, was a remarkable day for the youngster who at the Texas pro day, recorded major improvement in his drills even though he failed to complete it following a hamstring injury he had during his workout. However, he was ranked as the best safety and second-best cornerback prospect by NFL analyst and DraftScout.com.
Earl Thomas became a Seattle Seahawks player and one of the team’s youngest after the franchise selected him in the first round and 14th overall of the NFL 2010 Draft. He then signed a five-year contract worth $18.30 million including $500,000 as signing bonus and $11.75 million guaranteed. The contract was signed on July 31, 2010, and by November 14, 2010, he was already collecting a season-high 8 solo tackles in his team’s 36–18 victory at the Arizona Cardinals. He finished his rookie season with a total of 76 combined tackles, 7 pass deflections, 5 interceptions, and a single forced fumble.
Spending almost a decade with the Seahawks, Thomas has recorded a series of career successes and injuries. He underwent shoulder surgery on February 24, 2015, after dislocating it during the NFC Championship Game. In the 2016 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thomas left the field in the third quarter after sustaining a hamstring injury. On December 4, 2016, towards the end of the 2016 season, suffered a broken tibia after a hurtful collision with Kam Chancellor, his teammate.
The young player has had his career being disrupted with lots of injuries afterward. The most recent of his injuries as of 2018 was a lower leg injury which led to him being carted away in the fourth quarter of the match against the Arizona Cardinals. He was later confirmed to have had a broken bone in his left leg. The injury kept him away for the rest of the 2018 season as he was on October 2, 2018, placed on injured reserve. Despite the injuries, he ended his 2018 season with 18 combined tackles and 25 average interception returns. His career stats from 2010 to 2018 shows he has a total of 664 combined tackles, 199 assisted tackles, 28 forced interceptions for 417 yards and two touchdowns interceptions.
As one of Seahawk’s best players, it is only natural for Earl Thomas to earn quite a lot as salary. His four-year contract extension in 2014 was worth $40 million with $9.50 million as signing bonus and $27.72 million guaranteed. His annual average salary is $10 million. However, as at the end of 2018, he requested that the Seatle Seahawks make new negotiation with him or traded him to another team, possibly the Dallas Cowboys, his beloved team.
Girlfriend or Wife
Earl Thomas is a married man; he is in a marriage relationship with his high school sweetheart, Nina. The two got started dating in their junior year but separated briefly as Thomas went to Texas while Nina attended community college in Austin.
Nina was born in Nola but she moved with her parents to Orange, Texas, following the hurricane Katrina. Thomas and Nina are still living together as husband and wife. They also have a daughter named Kaleigh Rose Thomas.