Devin Thomas, who was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft, retired at the young age of 25 on Saturday. Thomas had signed a deal with the Chicago Bears in the off season, but decided to call it quits this weekend.
Thomas, who made two huge Special Teams plays during the NFC Championship game in San Francisco, was a player who had put his ego aside and played to the best of his abilities for Coach Coughlin and the New York Giants. He never whined about wanting more playing time, or having his role reduced to a special teams player. He played hard every play, and was a major contributor to the Giants Super Bowl run. He says now that his goal was to win a championship, and he did, so off to do something else he goes.
Those of us who were at the Giants Redskins game last December will also remember a very frightening moment that probably has a lot to do with Devin’s decision. On the final play of the first half Devin was hit in the head and lay on the turf, motionless for most of the time. The band that was scheduled to play at halftime was kept on the sideline, and then sent back to the locker room as Devin remained on the turf. He was carted off the field as the players began to return for the second half kickoff.
Thankfully Devin was cleared to play and seemed to suffer no physical diabilities, but mentally it had to weigh on his mind.
We thank Devin for all his contributions and hard work…and as always welcome him into the Giants Family for Life.