Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas is an amazing player, and not just for his work on the field. The special teams captain of the Dolphins is someone who does a lot of off the field work, and sometimes that goes without being noticed. This week, SB Nation asked us to find the player who makes a difference in the community, and Michael Thomas was clearly the player who came to mind first.
By no means is he the only player. Linebacker Kiko Alonso is currently working to collect relief donations for Puerto Rico. Cornerback Xavien Howard and defensive tackle Cameron Malveaux joined Thomas in working to collect donations for Houston’s hurricane relief. Wide receiver Kenny Stills was honored by the Dolphins with their Nat Moore Community Service Award last year as he worked with Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross’s RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality). Hall of Fame Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor’s foundation has been instrumental in raising money to empower children. Hall of Fame Dolphins quarterback has been raising millions for work with people with autism of other developmental disabilities. The Dolphins as a team holds the annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge, raising millions for cancer research.
And there are so many other players that are out there doing things every day.
But, Thomas just jumps to the head of the list. Thomas was clearly the leader in trying to organize efforts to collect donations to send to his native Houston for Hurricane Harvey relief. He has been involved with the First Step Program, a program designed to link local area kids with community leaders. He has worked with the Broward County Sherriff’s Office to conduct a ride along and work on the relationship between the police and the community. He has worked with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami. He has worked with Food for the Hungry.
In other words, Michael Thomas has done everything.
And, he intercepted Tom Brady.
Thomas was awarded the Dolphins’ Nat Moore Community Service Award in 2015. He has been recognized as the NFL Players Association Community MVP in Week 7 of 2015 and again in Week 14 of 2016.
Thomas is a do-everything player for the Dolphins. Need him at cornerback? No problem. Need him at safety? No problem. Need him on special teams? No problem. If the coaches asked him to go play defensive tackle, he would probably be out there in a heartbeat, doing whatever was needed of him.
And, he is an even more do-everything man.
Michael Thomas is just special in every possible way.
The Dolphins, and South Florida, are lucky to have him.