After six seasons, a Super Bowl ring, a big contract extension and five Pro Bowl and four All-Pro nods, it would be understandable if Earl Thomas wanted to take it easy in practice from time to time.
Understandable, that is, if you didn’t know Earl Thomas. As he finished his seventh training camp with the Seahawks, Thomas was, as always, all energy and intensity Tuesday. He showed off his instincts and closing speed to intercept a pass on one play, then blitzed a couple plays later to force a rushed throw that went incomplete, all while treating every rep of an August practice like it was a postseason game.
“It would be impressive to see Earl Thomas practice at the level he does every day if I did not know Earl Thomas was Earl Thomas,” cornerback Richard Sherman said, before going off on a bit of tangent. “Earl Thomas is kind of like either the Dos Equis guy or Chuck Norris.”
Why is Thomas like “The most interesting man in the world,” or like a martial artist and actor who has turned into something of a mythical figure thanks to the internet? We’ll let Sherman explain: “Practice watches Earl Thomas, Earl Thomas does not watch practice… I’ve seen him bend blades of grass (with his mind), I’ve seen him catch footballs by looking at them. The list is long about things Earl Thomas has done. I’ve seen him beat up Chuck Norris.”
On a more serious note, Sherman added: “People don’t get to see him work on a daily basis, they don’t see how hard he goes, how hard he practices even when the practice doesn’t matter. In walk-throughs, he doesn’t let people catch the ball, he doesn’t let people execute their plays when we’re supposed to let the offense catch it. He just doesn’t live his life that way.