Former New York Giants wide receiver Devin Thomas announced his retirement today via Twitter. Thomas was a member of the 2011 Super Bowl Championship and played a key role on special teams.
“I have decided to retire from the NFL,” Thomas announced on Twitter. “God has blessed me achieving a childhood dream. I want to give back to my hometown and coach/mentor kids so they can reach their own.”
Originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Michigan State, Thomas never lived up to his potential as an NFL receiver. However, Thomas excelled on special teams and played a vital role in helping the Giants get to the Super Bowl.. However, after the season, Thomas decided to sign with the Chicago Bears and had been in camp with the team before abruptly announcing his retirement.
Thomas played for three NFL teams, the Redskins, Carolina Panthers, and Giants in his four years in the league. He accumulated 482 yards on 43 receptions with 4 total touchdowns, three receiving and one rushing. He also returned 60 kicks for 1,445 yards.
Thomas was only 25 years-old and lost the zeal for football apparently. Or, he found a higher calling. Whatever the reason, Thomas will never suit up for a Bears team that figured to use him much like the Giants did last season, mostly on special teams. Thomas excelled in coverage on kickoffs and punts and was pivotal in the NFC Championship game victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Hopefully, Thomas goes on to realize his new dream.