It’s been a good few months for safety Earl Thomas.
Thomas won a Super Bowl ring in February and has now signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the Seahawks that makes him the highest-paid safety in the league, a double whammy that would be enough to make anyone’s year. Thomas’ good fortune isn’t running out, either.
There was a press conference to formally announce Thomas’ new deal on Tuesday and Thomas told reporters that he was pulled over by a police officer in the “whirlwind” to get to the event on time. The traffic stop took place just down the road from the Seahawks’ facility and Thomas said he tried to talk his way out of a ticket. Whatever approach Thomas used, it was a lot more successful than Kellen Winslow’s request for help finding the closest Boston Market.
“I didn’t try to bulldog him and say ‘My name is Earl Thomas,’ because then he’d be like, ‘Man, this dude is cocky,’ and give me a ticket,” Thomas said. “He let me off. That’s the moral of the story.”
We’re not sure if Thomas has a pick for the Kentucky Derby, but it might be a good idea to follow his lead if he is playing the ponies this weekend.