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Video: Joe Thomas becomes oldest man to play D-I football at 55


At 55 years old, most men are kicking back and talking about the glory days to the young, wide-eyed tots of the family.

Advanced in age enough at that point, many of them do so from a rocking chair. Well, Joe Thomas Sr. is not most men. At 55 years old, he became the oldest man to see action in a Division I football game.

Thomas received a hand-off and picked up three yards on the play.

Showing some elusiveness and applying the hit to the tackler, this was clearly more than just an act of charity on the part of South Carolina State.

The 55 year old was a standout defensive end and running back in high school in his day, but never played at the collegiate level when he was of the appropriate age. It wasn’t until his son, Thomas Jr. enrolled at the school and joined the football team that he reignited his pursuit.

While his dream of playing on the filed with his son never materialized, as Thomas Jr. left for the draft last season and currently plays for the Green Bay Packers, Thomas Sr. has set a record that will likely never be broken.

In light of this, I think it is fair to name South Carolina State the winner of senior day around the FBS.

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Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a New York city based stand-up comedian. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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