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Nimitz legend Michael Thomas gives back at Camp Mike T

This week he held his Camp Mike T at the same stadium where he made his name Vype

Aldine ISD is home to one of the best guys in all of professional sports.

Former Nimitz star Michael Thomas laid his legacy at Thorne Stadium, scoring touchdowns and returning kicks for the Cougars a decade ago.

This week he held his Camp Mike T at the same stadium where he made his name.

“I remember scoring my first touchdown over there and the crowd and cheerleaders going wild,” he said. “These guys can see one of their own coming back and giving back. I’m all about Aldine. I’m here to teach campers how to do every day things like writing a check to playing football. I’m very passionate about giving back to where I came from.”

The two-day free camp focused on life-skills along with football skills. The New York Giant also gave out scholarships totaling $10,000.

“He’s just one of the good-guys who have made it,” Aldine ISD athletic director Dre Thompson said. “He’s so authentic when it comes to Aldine ISD. He’s a leader and a great role model for this community.”

Michael Thomas was a stud at Nimitz on and off the field. The QB-turned-DB played at Stanford, earning his Master’s in Business Administration. On the field, he earned all-Pac 10 honors as a defensive back and kick returner.

He went undrafted in 2012, but kept on his grind. He was signed by San Francisco to the practice squad, before landing on the Miami Dolphins’ roster in late 2013.

Thomas made a huge play in Game 1 as a Dolphin. He picked off New England Patriots’ Tom Brady to preserve a Miami win with two second remaining. He played five years with Miami before signing a two-year contract with the New York Giants in March.

 

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