30-year-old ex-New York Giant cornerback, Terrell Thomas, announced his retirement yesterday, after seven NFL seasons. The Giants 2nd round draft choice in 2008, Thomas played in 60 regular season games and started 41 of them.
In 2009 and 2010, Thomas started every game for the Giants and was the team leader in tackles, interceptions and passes defended in both years. The former USC standout will finish his NFL career with 298 tackles, 2 blocked kicks, seven forced fumbles, 45 passes defended, and 12 interceptions (with one returned for a 14 yard touchdown).
Always a vocal leader on the field, he rebounded from three different ACL tears, once during his time at USC, and twice with the Giants in 2011 and 2012. Thomas’ resilience was a true testament to his ability. In 2013, the season after his third ACL tear, he would come back to record 67 tackles, one forced fumble, seven passes defended, and one interception.
After the Giants passed on resigning him for the 2014 season, Thomas latched on to the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad with former collegiate coach Pete Carroll. However, the doctors could never approve his severely damaged knee for game play and he was unable to stick with the Seahawks past training camp.
He spent 2014 out of football despite the numerous offers he received in free agency prior to the discovery that his knee was unfit for play. It is always a tough pill to swallow when injuries force a talented player out of the game too early but as is the unfortunate case with Thomas.
One of just two players to ever return to the field after three ACL reconstructions, all of us at New York Sports Hub wish the Super Bowl XLVI champion the best of luck in his future endeavors.