55-year-old Joe Thomas becomes earliest player to experience DI nfl and college football

Sc Condition running back Joe Thomas set a university football record against Savannah Condition.

Before Thomas made his appearance Saturday, the prior earliest player to look inside a Division I game was former Sc wide receiver Tim Frisby.

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Together with his first-half keep on Saturday, the 55-year-old Thomas is presumed is the earliest player to experience either in the FCS or FBS degree of nfl and college football.

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Joe Sr. helped his boy create a highlight reel and used some connections to provide him a go like a walk on at Sc Condition. It had been a great task for Joe Sr., because the Great Recession was gnawing Thomas Enterprise lower to simply him. He fell behind on his house payments, offered his rental qualities to outlive and couldn’t find work that didn’t have to have a degree. Eventually in spring 2012, he came home and requested [wife] Sarah to assist him complete a university application, then drove to Orangeburg to inquire about Joe Junior. if he’d be okay together with his father joining him at school.

Joe Thomas Sr., 55, sees action at RB for S.C. Condition versus. Savannah St. (Bulldogs up 6- 1Q) 3-yard gain! @postandcourier

Thomas Sr. became a member of they like a walk-on this year when his boy was still being an associate, but he tore his ACL and MCL inside a vehicle crash. He missed the 2013 season as well as declared personal bankruptcy too. And also in 2014 he missed the entire year due to a sciatic nerve problem.

Frisby became a member of the Gamecocks in 2004 like a 39-year-old receiver and caught a nine-yard pass in 2005.

And Thomas’ appearance means he’ll be the solution to another trivia question too. His boy, Joe Thomas Junior., — a graduate of Sc Condition — plays for that Eco-friendly Bay Packers.

But he tied to it and received an instructional waiver to look inside a game captured.

— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) November 19, 2016

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From Sports Illustrated’s profile of Thomas the 2009 week:

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