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Dolphins hero nearly missed team’s call last week

Michael Thomas, Austin Collie, Will Davis AP

The guy who sealed yesterday’s Dolphins win over the Patriots was still introducing himself to teammates.

And if he had been a little bit later answering his phone, he might not have had the chance.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, new Dolphins safety Michael Thomas nearly missed his chance to intercept Tom Brady in the fourth quarter because it took him too long to check his messages.

The Dolphins were ready to sign him off the 49ers practice squad, but needed to know he was coming. His agent called and texted. The messages sat there, unanswered on Monday morning.

Another 30 minutes and they might have moved on, but Thomas finally got in touch and got on a plane.

“I’m glad my sister was there. We hurried up and threw stuff in the bag,” Thomas said. “I made the difficult call to [49ers coach Jim] Harbaugh and [General Manager] Trent Baalke, talked to [defensive coordinator] Vic Fangio and [secondary coach] Ed Donatell, but it was something I had to do. I had to take a chance on myself to prove I can play instead of just staying on the practice squad.”

He did just that, breaking up a pass on first down and picking off Tom Brady on fourth down, showing that getting some reception late is better than not at all.

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13 Responses to “Dolphins hero nearly missed team’s call last week”
  1. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 16, 2013 8:38 AM

    Mike Miller, Ray Allen, and Michael Thomas will never have to pay for a drink in this town ever again

  2. ttommytom says: Dec 16, 2013 8:42 AM

    The pass break up was a great play.

    The INT was either a scheme play or a great reaction.

    This guy definitely made the difference on that last drive.

    Fun to watch…

  3. the1next1year1dolphins says: Dec 16, 2013 8:42 AM

    So happy for this guy. Guy who just needed a chance to show he can play. Nobody even knew his name on Saturday and he’s still sleeping in a hotel in Miami. Hopefully he keeps improving as his career goes on. Now the question is, out of every free agent and practice squad DB, does Jeff Ireland get credit for nailing this one?

  4. illinininer says: Dec 16, 2013 8:47 AM

    Sad to see him go. I believe he was in line to take over for Whitner or at least give them an option if they’re not able to bring him back. Happy to see him have success though. Great play!

  5. gadlaw2012 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:00 AM

    That’s a great story. That’s a couple of great stories all in one. Success is often just a matter of getting a chance to succeed.

  6. dolphanpete says: Dec 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    He played great and came up with a huge deflection/strip and an interception. In the next couple of years the Dolphins are going to take over the AFC east and be a regular in the playoffs. This team finally has the right coach, attitude and players. In spite of the constant criticism, Ireland has brought in a ton of talent and a franchise quarterback. He took over a 1-15 team with no talent and built them into a playoff contender. The team is obviously on the right track and after another draft/free agency we are going to be even better. The future is bright in Miami. Go Phins!

  7. southbeachtalent says: Dec 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    Made a few great special teams plays as well. Let’s see if he can be consistent. Biggest game I can remember in the past 5 years for the Fins.

  8. nflgreedleague says: Dec 16, 2013 9:31 AM

    Yes, lots of people want Jeff Ireland fired even though he brought this guy in from SF practice squad. And the media will deify Belichick and Brady for playing so well with so many starters out. Yet it was Joe Philbin’s staff that got Michael Thomas ready to play in 5 days. And the coaching staff beat the patriots FIRST STRING WR Amendola and “Minitron” Edelman with their 3rd string practice squad DBs.

    Yep the Dolphins had injuries too!
    Yep Ryan Tannehill out played Brady!
    Yep Belichick was out coached!

    And I love the way the NE receivers pleaded for PI call after every play, they are so used to getting bailed out that they just expect it now.

  9. falcons999 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:00 AM

    Is there anything better than Brady acting like a sucky little kid after a loss. I think not….

  10. topseed says: Dec 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    I want the Dolphins to fin it all. But if they don’t win another game or go to the playoff, they already redeemed themselves with this win…No price to see Tom Brady’s and Bill Belichick’s sour faces…

  11. jjbadd385 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    I love seeing stories like this, & it shouldn’t have been a difficult call to make to the 49ers, he was there, they coulda signed him. Best Wishes, he did well!

  12. cadolfan says: Dec 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    Great story. Go Dolphins!

  13. patriotenvy says: Dec 17, 2013 7:20 AM

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to have your team lose to a division rival 11 times in a row. No wonder you guys hate the Pats.

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