Earl Thomas more than proved his worth last season. The 22-year-old rookie safety bagged up 76 tackles, one forced fumble and 5 interceptions. As Seattle continues to revamp their aging, lackluster lineup, Thomas will no doubt be one of the players who helps the team during their rebuilding process. The ‘Hawks 2010, first-round draft pick, has shown that he can be a true leader poised with youthful eagerness to “fire-up” both, the team’s defense and its fans. In April of last year, Seattle’s head coach, pete Carroll, gave enthusiastic statements about his “stud” selection.
“We thought we saw something really unique in Earl,” Pete Carroll said. “All that play-making ability. He had something like 24 pass breakups and eight picks (while playing for the University of Texas) for the year. Extraordinary numbers, and something that we needed desperately to add to our team. He jumped out, and he’s also unique in that he has the ability to play corner, and he has played man-to-man on slots and he has done a lot of other things.” (per The Seattle Times). Carroll’s choice to snag Thomas has proven to be a huge payoff for the Seahawks organization, and will more than likely continue to be for year’s to come.