Julius Thomas retiring to pursue doctorate in psychology

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Julius Thomas made two Pro Bowls and $29 million in his seven-year NFL career, but the free agent tight end has a bigger pursuit in mind in his second career.

Thomas announced in a post on The Players’ Tribune he is retiring to pursue a doctorate in psychology.

“While making the decision to no longer play the game is difficult, I’m also incredibly excited about what’s next,” Thomas wrote. “Studying therapy and becoming well trained in it, so that I can help people heal from their emotional and mental pain; investigating the effects of contact sports on brain trauma and neurobehavioral performance; and participating in research looking at biomarkers that may identify early warning signs of brain disease.

“These are the things I’ll be learning and working on over the next year as I begin to pursue a doctorate in psychology.”

Studying the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy issue (CTE) as a former football player intrigues Thomas the most.

“Football has serious cognitive risks, but there’s still a lot to learn about the extent of them and ways they can be mitigated,” Thomas wrote. “The ability to assist with the latest research being done on brain trauma and the pursuit to better understand CTE. To study it not just from the perspective of a psychologist or a clinician, but also as a person who has played for several years at the highest level, is something that excites me. It fills me with a sense of purpose. It’s a way to help while growing intellectually that I had been searching for. I know I have so much to learn, but that’s what I’m most looking forward to.”

Thomas, 30, caught 226 passes for 2,406 yards and 36 touchdowns. He scored 12 touchdowns in both 2012 and 2013. Thomas played four seasons in Denver, two in Jacksonville and last season in Miami.

39 responses to “Julius Thomas retiring to pursue doctorate in psychology

  1. niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    Go take a knee with your boy Kaep and Reid. Bums.
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    Why even bring up the kneeling issue here? How are you ripping him at all? I think what he is doing sounds pretty commendable.

  2. ^^Well, that’s not an overreaction….

    Props to Julius for doing something difficult and helpful to others. I’ll be rooting for him to succeed and embark on a productive career. Hopefully he is able to do some good in that field, and also in setting an example to other athletes that these types of careers are within reach for them as well.

  3. Good for you Julius, and ignore idiots like niners816. You’re decision says you are doing more for service than he likely ever did. Go be good for people.

  4. Pro Bowler-turned-therapist. It’s incredibly cool, he should be excited. Good luck Mr. Thomas.

  5. A lot of self loathing folks in here. Why disparage someone pursuing a new career path. I’m sorry some of you were never encouraged in life and you have to take it out on others.

  6. Made $29 million. Dude should give Manning like $28.5 million.

    Wasn’t jack before or after having Peyton as the QB.

  7. jimbo75025 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    Made $29 million. Dude should give Manning like $28.5 million.

    Wasn’t jack before or after having Peyton as the QB.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Actually, Julius ran correct routes, to the correct positions and caught the balls. Peyton is wealthy enough and doesn’t need an extra $28.5M. He would be the first to say that his former teammate earned it in Denver.

  8. niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    Go take a knee with your boy Kaep and Reid. Bums.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This is a positive story. Why are you angry about it? I hope one day Julius Thomas can provide the counseling to help you overcome suppressed rage.

  9. Coffeehog
    Aug 24, 2018, 4:09 PM EDT
    niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    Go take a knee with your boy Kaep and Reid. Bums.
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    Why even bring up the kneeling issue here? How are you ripping him at all? I think what he is doing sounds pretty commendable.
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    People like him don’t value intelligence. Smart people are the “enemy.”

  10. Who thumbs-downed that comment? Where’s your provable, important facts and results from Psychology? No answers, no cures, just harmful pills and worthless not-repeatable crappola! You’re welcome for this important insight, Julius Thomas! I just saved you big bucks!

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    August 24, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    Why even bother? Psychology is a 99.999999% unprovable pseudo-science. Freud was a charlatan in love with his own daughter.

    17 21 Rate This

  11. “He will drop out after a semester and talk about social justice instead within a year”

    I’d like to know exactly what is the problem you have with social justice? Isn’t justice something our great nation believes in and strives for? Or do we only want justice for certain kinds of people?

    I just don’t get the anger towards players who want to bring attention to racial inequality (not that this discussion belongs on this thread at all) in this country? Do we not believe in “all men are created equal?” Well it’s pretty clear not all men are being treated equal, so isn’t it the most patriotic thing to do to bring attention to that so change can take place?

  12. “Where’s your provable, important facts and results from Psychology? ” Much of what is important in life is not necessarily provable. Man is not a machine. Man is mysterious. Emotions are mysterious.

    Andhow about love? Can you prove love? Yet can’t we all agree love and concern by others for our well being improve our lives immeasurably?

  13. Good luck in the new career Mr. Thomas. There will always be that fantasy championship season when I picked Peyton Manning in the first round and you in the 12th.

  14. TruFBFan says:
    August 24, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    Good for you Julius, and ignore idiots like niners816. You’re decision says you are doing more for service than he likely ever did. Go be good for people
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    Calls people names then says “you’re decision” The irony 😉

  15. you want me to be sympathetic to a self entitled cry baby who took a knee and disrespected my country? Get out ta here with that garbage. He can pursue anything he wants, he’s still a bum.

  16. Too much negativity on this site today.
    I am sick of the anthem protests as well, but give it a rest.
    Stop reading about it, stop it. Hopefully it will fade away.

  17. niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    you want me to be sympathetic to a self entitled cry baby who took a knee and disrespected my country? Get out ta here with that garbage. He can pursue anything he wants, he’s still a bum.
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    But yet you’re on a sports website talking about him and his achievements and he has no clue that you even exist.

    Who’s really the bum here.

  18. variant703 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    you want me to be sympathetic to a self entitled cry baby who took a knee and disrespected my country? Get out ta here with that garbage. He can pursue anything he wants, he’s still a bum.
    ————

    But yet you’re on a sports website talking about him and his achievements and he has no clue that you even exist.

    Who’s really the bum here.
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    Achievements? He didn’t achieve anything to me. A guy who disrespects my country is a bum. You sticking up for him makes you a bum as well.

  19. niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    variant703 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    you want me to be sympathetic to a self entitled cry baby who took a knee and disrespected my country? Get out ta here with that garbage. He can pursue anything he wants, he’s still a bum.
    ————

    But yet you’re on a sports website talking about him and his achievements and he has no clue that you even exist.

    Who’s really the bum here.
    ———
    Achievements? He didn’t achieve anything to me. A guy who disrespects my country is a bum. You sticking up for him makes you a bum as well.
    ————

    Yawn. Ok, tough guy. You obviously need to flex your internet muscles. Being a tough guy on the internet isn’t that impressive. But you do you, I guess.

    Since you keep referring to the USA as “my country” since JT or I don’t belong, do I still have to pay my tax burden next year?

  20. Yawn. Ok, tough guy. You obviously need to flex your internet muscles. Being a tough guy on the internet isn’t that impressive. But you do you, I guess.

    Since you keep referring to the USA as “my country” since JT or I don’t belong, do I still have to pay my tax burden next year?
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    I can help you pack. ☺

  21. niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm
    Yawn. Ok, tough guy. You obviously need to flex your internet muscles. Being a tough guy on the internet isn’t that impressive. But you do you, I guess.

    Since you keep referring to the USA as “my country” since JT or I don’t belong, do I still have to pay my tax burden next year?
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    I can help you pack. ☺
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    Your retorts are becoming more childish. Care to Be Better?

  22. niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm
    Yawn. Ok, tough guy. You obviously need to flex your internet muscles. Being a tough guy on the internet isn’t that impressive. But you do you, I guess.

    Since you keep referring to the USA as “my country” since JT or I don’t belong, do I still have to pay my tax burden next year?
    ——-
    I can help you pack. ☺
    ————-

    Your retorts are becoming more childish. Care to Be Better?
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    I answered your childish question and now you want to complain? You’re a crybaby 😭

  23. niners816 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm
    Yawn. Ok, tough guy. You obviously need to flex your internet muscles. Being a tough guy on the internet isn’t that impressive. But you do you, I guess.

    Since you keep referring to the USA as “my country” since JT or I don’t belong, do I still have to pay my tax burden next year?
    ——-
    I can help you pack. ☺
    ————-

    Your retorts are becoming more childish. Care to Be Better?
    ———
    I answered your childish question and now you want to complain? You’re a crybaby 😭
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    Actually, you didn’t but let’s pretend like you did. Why am I being forced to leave your country other than just because you say so?

  24. Actually, you didn’t but let’s pretend like you did. Why am I being forced to leave your country other than just because you say so?
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    Because you’re acting like a child so I’ll treat you like one. Any more questions I can answer for you, dear?

  25. “First client…Richie Incognito.”

    My first thought was if he does well with this he might be great for any number of troubled NFL players, both current and past.

    They might listen to Thomas where they won’t listen to some random counselor.

  26. I’m amazed by people who can do one thing at the highest level, to say nothing of two. World class athlete *and* doctor of psychology. Impressive resume.

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