Like most American footballers who developed an interest in the game during the earliest days of their lives; Michael Thomas, who is currently paving waves as a wide receiver for the New Saints Orleans, was influenced by his environs to love the sport when he was in high school.
It was at Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California that he began to take the game seriously. From there, he moved on to Ohio State University where he was further groomed in the sport. Thomas proved himself to be a fine player and it was with ease that he got selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Early Life and Career Beginning
Michael Thomas was born on March 3, 1993, in Los Angeles. He attended Taft High School where his passion for football was ignited as he took little or no interest in the game while growing up. He didn’t feature with the school team during the first few years but was very active in his senior year.
Michael was quite fast in adapting with the rules of the game and familiarizing with his teammates despite being a newbie. In no distant time, he became one of the best in the team. By the end of his stay in the school, he was one of the best players as he astonished his coach after he totaled 86 receptions in addition to 1,656 yards with 21 touchdowns.
After high school, it was no surprise that he couldn’t get offers from colleges because of his very short record in high school. So, he decided to spend a year at the Fork Union Military Academy while waiting for a lucky charm. Fortunately, he later got an offer from Ohio State University.
With little experience in the game, he joined the school team and recorded quite a disappointing outing in his first year. He featured in 11 games but recorded only three receptions for 22 yards. As a result of this, his coach thought it wise to let him off the field for a while in order for him to learn most of the tricks involved in the game while watching others play. In no distant time, he was equipped enough to feature in the preseason opener for the school team. He performed much better with a record of 54 receptions for 799 yards in addition to 9 touchdowns.
His capacity in the game became broader and he led the school team to a victory during the Sugar Bowl competition with an outstanding record of 7 receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. He kept up with the pace and in the following season, he totaled 56 reception for 781 yards in addition to 9 touchdowns.
Not too long after that, he declared his intent to join the National Football League. He later inked a four-year deal worth $5.11 million with $2.60 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.92 million with the New Orleans Saints. This was after he was drafted by the team as the 47th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.
He joined the team as a starter for their season-opening game against the Oakland Raiders. By the end of the game, he recorded 6 receptions for 58 yards. His next match was in a game against the Atlanta Falcons where he recorded his first touchdown. So far, Michael Thomas has proved his worth with the team recording lots of wins and acquiring different accolades.
Michael Thomas Parents and Family
Most successful athletes brag about their parents publicly but the New Saints Orleans’ wide receiver has kept the affairs of his immediate family off the spotlight. Often times, Michael Thomas is mistaken to be the Michael Lauriston Thomas – a footballer who played shortly as a midfielder for Arsenal, the Premier League football club.
The wide receiver is said to have been named after his father and he also has a sister whose name is yet to be revealed. Michael Thomas is related to Keyshawn Johnson, a renowned footballer who performed extraordinarily in his heyday.
As for his love life, the wide receiver has been mute about it. No one knows if he is romantically involved with anyone but to the best of our knowledge, he’s channeled all his passion towards his career.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Since the beginning of his career, Michael Thomas has not had any reason to bother about his body and physical fitness. He has always taken precautionary measures in order to be fit for most of his games. He stands at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 99 kg. The wide receiver’s arm length is 32 1⁄8 in (0.82 m) and his hand measures 10 1⁄2 in (0.27 m).