Fever's Thompson: Trying to Get Back to The TopPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Fever had a quite a battle Monday night at Fairbanks, losing 69 to 67 in 4 overtimes.
And just like the Fever, we've all had our tough breaks.
Fever running back Tyson Thompson's tough luck dashed his NFL dreams, if only for the moment. It was a dream come true, playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
"Coming out of that tunnel, growing up watching the Emmitt Smith's and the Troy Aikman's, and those guys, you know it was just like a surreal feeling," said Thompson.
As a rookie with Dallas in 2005, Thompson set franchise records on special teams for most kickoff returns and return yardage in a single season. The following year, he broke his left ankle and has sense been fighting to get back to the promise land.
"If I got there once, hopefully, I'll be able to succeed in this and there will be better things to come," said Thompson. "So, I don't want to fall behind being a negative person. My mom instilled that in me."
Since the bad break, the current Fever running back has been in and out of various pro football leagues. He hopes a fresh start with the Tri-Cities improves his chances of suiting up in the NFL one more time.
"I look at this as another great start for me," said Thompson. "I'm going to take full advantage of it. I mean I don't look back at the past: what I've done, or accomplishments, or anything like that. I'm just here trying to move forward."
From the first phone call from Fever Head Coach Adam Shackleford, Thompson knew the Tri- Cities was the perfect fit.
"We got along," said Thompson. "We clicked, so that's what made me sign here. "
This new chapter in Thompson's football career has yet to be written and only he can determine how this NFL journey ends.