New Kind of Dual Threat: Chad Thomas Is ‘Gonna Win a Grammy’ and Play on Sundays

MIAMI 鈥?It should be Joonas Korpisalo Authentic Jersey easy for you. You’re in the music business, Buccaneers defensive line coach Brentson Buckner says to Chad Thomas 10 minutes into the workout. The former Hurricanes defensive end is standing next to a neon yellow agility ladder on the University of Miami’s practice fields. 聽
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Buckner asks Thomas to do a reverse karaoke drill, something he hasn’t done since high school. He must tap his right foot inside the ladder, then cross his left leg behind him and tap the opposite side of the ladder. It’s a difficult drill.

Which is why the conversation around his future in football always transitions into the one question he hates: How much do you love football?
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You ask me that question, I feel like you trying me, Thomas says after his workout with the Bucs while sitting on a couch at his cousin’s smoke shop in Liberty City, the predominantly African American neighborhood five miles north of downtown Miami in which Thomas grew up.

We’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It’s ongoing. We’re not done with that decision at all. Reports surfaced earlier this month that Seattle pulled out of a planned workout for Kaepernick, who has been without an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season. Seattle has been one of the few teams to show any interest in Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem during the 2016 season with San Francisco.

You gotta let these guys play football and that, at the end of the day, brings a lot of excitement to a lot of fans out there. 鈥?This is a position. It’s how a lot of kids make a living, and at the end of the day it’s football, man. They’re trying to find ways to eliminate injuries but the moment you step on the field, you’re bound to get hurt somewhere. You can’t avoid injuries. That’s just the nature of the beast. And I think taking that out of the game, it’s big.