Thomas was once a very promising young player for the Giants, but unfortunately ACL injuries sidetracked his career.
He last played in an NFL game at the end of the 2013 season, but at the time, Thomas had no idea that this would be the end of his career.
“I had no idea,” Thomas said Thursday. “I thought I had two more years. I thought I was about to be a top free agent and continue my career for two more years and show God’s grace. But He had a different plan for me.”
According to Thomas, doctors would not sign off on the condition of his knee.
“I thought I was going to have an active free agency,” Thomas said. “The number one thing was the doctors would not approve my knee. Every team, G.M., coaches, they loved me and wanted me, and thought I had a great year after coming back from all the ACL injuries. They thought that I would be better last year. But the doctors wouldn’t approve me.
“Knowing the game of football, being 29 with three ACL (injuries), I just figured my time is short. I can keep chasing a dream, but I was blessed to be able to come back and play that one year. To be able to show my family and fans, my daughter and myself that I worked hard enough to overcome some significant injuries and I became the second player in NFL history to come back from three ACLs. I didn’t play with a brace. I am proud of my accomplishments. I have been through a lot and I overcame it. I am a smart dude and I am not going to chase football. Football is not chasing me. I feel like my time is over. I was blessed enough to play six years in the NFL. I lived my dream, and now it is time for the next chapter of my life.”
Thomas, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Giants back in 2008. His career comes to an end with him recording 235 tackles, 12 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, two recoveries, 46 pass defenses and one defensive touchdown.