It as hard to tell who was having more fun at the Pierre Thomas skills camp at T.F. South Tuesday -- the young campers or Thomas?
In an age where you hear so much negatives about pro athletes, Thomas is a breath of fresh air. This was a free camp and it is just one way of giving back to the community.
Another is getting kids some exercise. Instead of sitting in front of a computer screen, the kids got out and ran, caught passes, attempted to kick field goals and just had fun.
His mom, Gretta Jo Thomas said she is just as proud for the way he has come back and how the young man conducts himself as she is of him playing for the New Orleans Saints.
What Thomas gives local kids is a hero who is in the headlines for his on-the-field feats and not off-the-field escapades that many pro athletes are. His ICAN Foundation is just that. It encourages kids to have a positive outlook and encourages them to do the right things. Thomas talked about hanging around with the right people, keeping grades up and getting involved in any kind of activity.
He is big on helping fight childhood obesity which can lead to diabetes and heart disease. It also rings true that if you are in a sport or activity, you are likely to not be in with the wrong crowd.
Thomas is an athlete who considers himself lucky to not only be playing in the NFL, but he has been injury-free with the exception of a concussion a few years ago. He has worked for everything he has from his days at T.F. South under head coach Tom Padjen, to his days at Illinois, to his NFL career.