He got what he wanted Saturday, when the 55-year-old is believed to have become the oldest man to ever play in a Division 1 football game.
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Thomas, who is the father of the Green Bay Packers' linebacker, went in at running back for South Carolina State in the Bulldogs' Senior Day game (that took on a different meaning…) against Savanna State Saturday and carried the ball for three yards in the first quarter.
It was his first collegiate action.
Thomas Sr., a standout defensive end and running back in high school enrolled at South Carolina State when his son did, with the hopes that he would be able to play with Thomas Jr. That never happened, but he remained on the team after Thomas Jr. moved to the NFL.