Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Give a Brother a Chance

Breaking News.........The Atlanta Falcons have named long time NFL veteran player Emmitt Thomas to replace departed head coach Bobby Petrino. Thomas will be the interim head coach in Atlanta's final three games.

Thomas made the Kansas City Chiefs team as an undrafted free agent from tiny Bishop College in Dallas in 1966. His career spanned from 1966 to 1978 and was named to the pro bowl 5 times. As a cornerback, he owns the Chiefs all-time interception record with 58, placing him 9th on pro football's all time list.

In August of this year, Thomas was selected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Senior Committee as a finalist for election into the Hall of Fame with the class of 2008.

For the past 26 years, Thomas has been an assistant coach for six NFL teams.........and has been the Falcons' Senior Assistant/Secondary coach under the Petrino regime.

Thomas resides in Suwanee, Georgia with his wife, Jacqui. They have two grown children. Their son, Dereck is the head basketball coach at Western Illinois University.

While we applaud Falcon owner Arthur Blanks' decision to name Thomas as the interim head coach.........Mr. Blank.....don't hesitate to at least grant Mr. Thomas an interview for the permanent position. On a team as dysfunctional as the Falcons, Thomas brings a ton of experience as well as calming leadership at this time. Just give a brother a chance.

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