Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, phot courtesy Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports/US Presswire
STOCKTON, CA - When Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes Thursday night in the first NFL game of the season, two of them went to a Stockton man with relatively little football experience.
Julius Thomas never played football at Tokay High School in Lodi and played just one season at Portland State in college. In his first two NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, he had just one catch. Last night on a national TV stage, Thomas caught his first two touchdown passes.
Thomas' touchdowns helped the Denver Broncos beat the Balitmore Ravens 49 - 27.
His father Greg Thomas, a former college player, also enjoyed his son's first action of the night.
"He gets cracked and that pumps me up. I love contact. He's on the ground, on all fours, shaking it off. That's my boy," said Thomas with a big laugh.
Dad isn't surprised his son is off to a great start in his third NFL season, based on how he approached his off-season.
"Changed his diet, got off breads and sugars, and transformed his body. He lost weight, got stronger, faster and bigger," said Thomas.
Because Dad is from the East Bay, he's not exactly rushing to the store to buy up Broncos gear.
"Raiders fan, all the wa,y man," he laughed. But it's clear his second favorite team is in good shape, partly thanks to a young man who chose a different sport for his high school and college years.