From LeBron James famous chalk throwing to Michael Jordan’s superstition of wearing his North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts, every athlete has their own pregame ritual. Cody Thomas, Oklahoma commit quarterback, must sing Phil Collins’ song before every game.
“I get together with the other quarterbacks on the team before we start warming up and we all sing ‘In the air tonight’ by Phil Collins. We sing the whole song right there on the field and then we head out and start getting loose,” says Thomas.
Thomas sings this song because it loosens him up. He doesn’t like to play football games all intense and serious.
“I like to add some laughs and have fun so that’s what the song provides for us. And then the words just get us ready to go out there and play our best,” says Thomas.
The 6’5, 220 Thomas plays for Heritage high school in Colleyville, Teas. He committed to Oklahoma on October 26. Thomas is an outstanding pocket passer and athlete. On October 5 Thomas led Heritage to a 69-27 win against Grapevine. He was 23-of-31 for 463 yards and seven touchdowns.
This year the Panthers are 7-1, ranking No. 23 in state. Their next game is a home game against Turner high school at 7:30 p.m.
I personally like Thomas’s ritual. I also have a similar ritual where I listen to “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero every time I work out. Listening to that song gets me ready like “In the air tonight” gets Thomas ready before every game.