This 55-year-old got to live out his dream to play for a college football team
November 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm
It's never too late to go after your dreams. 55-year-old Joe Thomas Sr. proved that to everyone during a football game against Savannah State University. Thomas Sr. became the oldest walk on running back to walk on South Carolina State University's football team. But, he isn't new to football. His son, Joe Thomas Jr., played at South Carolina State University, and now plays in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers.
Thomas was able to finish the game with four carries for minus-1 yard rushing. Not too bad for a 55-year-old.
"I felt like a hero," said Thomas Sr. "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."
It was a dream come true for the 55-year-old. "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," he said.
"It's been crazy for me. 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," said Joe Jr.
36 years is a long time to wait until your dreams come true, but in the end they always do!
Watch Joe Sr.'s story below via ESPN: