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By Luke Olson
A Kennedy Catholic alum from 2012 is not giving up the dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL).
His name is Jason Thompson, the ‘first-team’ standout quarterback for the Lancers, leading them to a Seamount Conference Championship in 2011. Thompson was a threat on both sides of the ball, earning honors such as ‘All-State Defensive Back’ and ‘Defensive Back of the Year’ his senior season.
Thompson took his talents to the collegiate level at Wyoming University, where he saw mixed playing time at different positions. He started six games as a true freshman, with a couple at running back. The next season he redshirted, but then decided to transfer to Utah University in 2014.
His offensive career went into a hiatus during that transfer. He originally transferred to the Utes as a quarterback—but the team decided that he fit best at safety and special teams. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he was not eligible to play that first season, but was allowed to play in the Las Vegas Bowl, and made an impact immediately.
The first play of the game, the Utes ran a trick play and Thompson lined up at receiver. He received a lateral from the running back. and Thompson threw a lateral to the quarterback that resulted in a 36-yard gain.
“Just trying to do whatever I could help the team win,” Thompson said via text.
He played a key role for Utah on special teams, playing a total of 25 games in two seasons and a few games at safety. He went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, but was picked up by the five-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots soon after.
His time with the Patriots was short — along with the other couple teams — but that is not stopping Thompson from keeping at the hopes of earning a spot with a NFL team.
“It has been a long road to get to this point,” he said. “But, I am a firm believer in following your dreams. It is never anything personal when they let you go, it is just business, so you just have to be confident and stay ready because you never know when it is going to be your last shot. For some, it can be mentally draining, but I have a really strong support system that believes in me.”
Thompson even had a short stint with the Seattle Seahawks back in December, signing to their practice squad. He was with the team for about a month, and growing up in Renton, just a few minutes from the Seahawks practice facility (VMAC) – it was a dream come true.
“It was a crazy feeling being a kid from Renton growing up watching them on Sundays,” he said. “It was just awesome.”
The Chicago Bears signed Thompson after he was cut by New England and was on their practice roster listed as a linebacker, but was later released. He also spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys back in February, but lasted just a few months.
So where is Thompson now?
An ACL tear to Tennessee Titans safety Jonathan Cyprien on August 2 had Tennessee in need of a safety. They picked up two — and the Kennedy alum was one of them.
He signed two days later, and is vying to make the roster as he has played in two preseason games so far.
“Right now, I plan on doing everything I can to get better so I can be here in the future,” he commented. “Every day is a new opportunity to get better.”
September 1 is when the league has to make its official 53-man rosters.
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