The power of being a starting quarterback. Last year at this time, Tyler Thigpen was the Kansas City Chiefs third string quarterback with certainly no guarantee of making the official 53 man roster out of training camp. In fact, after a quick search of our archives, we never mentioned Thigpen.
On October 22nd, 2008, Damon Huard was moved to IR, which caused us to start talking about Thigpen. A lot. Now, he's known in the football world, competing against the Chiefs $14 million man, acknowledging he might be fighting a losing fight all the while saying the right things and doing the rights things.
Like hosting a football camp in South Carolina for 7-18 year old quarterback and wide receivers (via NJChiefsFan in the FanShots yesterday).
Quotes and links on Tyler Thigpen are after the jump.
"It wasn't something I had growing up. To work with an NFL quarterback, college coaches, it's nice to give back to these kids - to give them something I didn't have growing up."
This is the line I hear so many football players say and it's just great to hear. They want to give kids the opportunities and experiences they didn't have growing up. Kudos to Tyler for recognizing this. He says they'll be talking football but also life as well. He's not trying to be some hot shot either.
"I'm not trying to walk around here and talk down to them. I'm getting on their level and communicating with them, that way they can get the experience out of it and take something home from this."
Congratulations on your first of hopefully many football camps to come, Mr. Thigpen.
Video: Thigpen hosts football camp (WMBF)
Thigpen back to help young quarterbacks (News 13)