A month ago, at the age of 25, receiver Devin Thomas announced his retirement on Twitter.
Now, he’s apparently un-retiring.
“Im officially a free agent so DT fans I will keep y’all posted where I land,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “I finally feel complete as a human being and i am ready to return to the NFL! Im not old, banged up, or hate the game. I retired to set fire to my spirit and find truth.”
He is, in fact, a free agent, since the Bears terminated his contract last month.
But did Thomas walk away because of the grind of training camp? Did he get discouraged about his prospects of making the Bears roster, which was deep at the receiver position? Or did he, as he suggested at the time, want to “give back to my hometown and coach/ mentor kids?”
Hard to imagine he made that much of an impact on youth in a month.
In a separate interview with the New York Daily News, shortly after his retirement, Thomas offered some more insight.
“What am I risking when I step onto the field?” he told the paper. “Do I want to be in a position where I can’t play with my kids? Do I want to end up leaving the game with all kinds of brain damage where I can’t remember things? It’s a good time for me to step away.
“I’m at a good age where I’m still healthy,” he added. “I had my own injuries that I can account to, when I almost thought I broke my neck, concussions. Everybody glorifies this game, says it’s so great. It’s definitely something people put you on a plateau. But they don’t understand the sacrifices you make personally. As a young man that understands the bigger picture, I know this game doesn’t define me.”
A second-round pick of the Washington Redskins, Thomas certainly didn’t live up to expectations there. His career highlight was last season, with the New York Giants, when he recovered two fumbles in the NFC title game in San Francisco.
The Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Thomas needs to provide more clarity on why he retired and now is un-retiring. But, based on what I saw at training camp, he certainly is worthy of an NFL roster spot. I’m sure someone will give him a chance.