Thomas, Dublin sharing the love with each other
It's one of those all-around-feel-good stories.
Saturday afternoon at West Laurens High School, Super-Bowl Champion and former Raider Demaryius Thomas returned to town to host a youth football camp.
A star at West Laurens and Georgia Tech, Thomas has become one of the elite receivers in the NFL while earning a Super Bowl ring with the Denver Broncos this past season. Ring and all, Thomas took the field Saturday to inspire kids and give back to his community.
“It means a lot man to come back to my hometown where it all began," said Thomas. “I always dreamed of doing something like this. As a kid growing up I wanted to do football camps and stuff like that but I wasn’t able.”
By the looks of things Saturday, if Thomas was going to do a football camp, he was going to do it big. Baybay invited some of the biggest names in football to teach kids at the youth level. Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Justin Houston and Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Bud Dupree, two Georgia products, were in attendance as Thomas hoped that would inspire the kids to dream big.
“Not many people do it from down in these areas.," said Thomas. "You got Erik Walden, Justin Houston, Bud Dupree.me but there’s not many that come from the country like we call it."
While the fundamentals of football were the focus, a surprise came Thomas's way at the camp's conclusion.
Benny Jones of the Dublin City Council arrived on site declaring July 15, 2016 "Demaryius Thomas Day." It was the culmination of hard work and respect on both sides. Thomas was nothing but appreciative of the day's events completely.
“I couldn’t thank everybody for coming out and supporting me. From the guys I brought in, from the coaches that helped, from everybody.”