55-year-old SC State Football Player Makes History

Joe Thomas Sr. of the South Carolina State Bulldogs made history Saturday.

Orangeburg, SC - Joe Thomas Sr. made college football history by appearing as a running back for South Carolina State.

Thomas at the age of 55 is believed to be the oldest player to participate in a Division I football game. The father of Green Bay Packers linebacker Joe Thomas Jr.,  practiced with the team with his son and then stayed on the past two seasons with the hope of find his way into a game.

His dream was realized in the first quarter on senior day against Savannah State when he carried for three yards.

The players later hoisted Thomas Sr. up on their shoulders to give him a proper salute. 

"This was my dream," he said. "I've been waiting on this for 36 years. I'm glad it happened today."


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