Isaiah Thomas is an amazing athlete.
No. Not that Isaiah Thomas, you know the basketball legend, who starred at the University of Indiana and the Detroit Pistons in the 1980s.
But Isaiah Thomas, a star football player at defensive end and tight end for the Memorial Chargers, who has committed to the University of Oklahoma to play the gridiron in college.
This Isaiah Thomas also plays a pivotal role for the basketball Chargers as well.
Amazingly, it was the basketball legend who Isaiah Thomas was named after by his parents.
People always reminded him of that growing up.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” Thomas says. “All the time.”
Thomas says it was great sharing the name with the legendary athlete of the same name.
“It was like more attention,” he says.
Now, he is making his own identity with the name and will have more opportunity in the future when he attends OU.
Thomas made his share of his plays on both sides of the ball in the Chargers’ wins against Central (34-27) and Edison (28-7).
“When I got my first touchdown of the season on offense, that was a memorable moment,” Thomas says. “Because we were down at that point, and it put us up before the half.”
“Also, I got a sack that completed a 3-and-out series on defense, getting the ball back for our offense,” he says. “We executed and scored on that series. Those are two memorable plays that I had on the series so far.”
His offensive TD came against Central while the defensive TD came against Edison.
Playing both ways is not something Thomas takes for granted.
“Not very many people get to play both sides,” he says. “Even though they possibly want to in order to get more exposure. But I just take it all in and take it one play at a time. But it is definitely a great experience to have.”
When asked what his coach Ryan Reed may have seen in him to make him a two-way starter, Thomas believes leadership was it.
“That’s what I think it usually is for me being a two-way starter,” he says. “Because of how I can manage offense and defense, and to give these underclassmen someone to look up to. That’s what I think he believes as he plays both well.”
Thomas believes his athleticism is his best attribute as an athlete.
VYPE magazine says in its preseason publication that offenses may not have an answer for Reed’s Memorial team, and it appears that statement is holding true.
“I definitely think that statement shows, because once I get my head in the game and I get a feel for the person going up against me, being able to stop me is tough.”
So what does he like most about playing those positions?
“That I’m on the outside and my primary job is to keep the outside contained,” Thomas says. “And I don’t have to think much as I’m playing. The lesser I think, the better I play because I’m not as hesitant. In those two positions, that’s what I love most about those.”