D.J. Thomas, 17, a senior at Jacksboro High School, is a unique individual and athlete who has overcome some obstacles in life to excel in sports.
Recently nominated twice by Channel 6, KAUZ in Wichita Falls as Player of the Week and three times by Times Record News as Offensive Player of the Week, Thomas won the most votes by friends and fans to be named the Offensive Player of the week last Friday for 239 yards gained and three touchdowns in the Oct. 18 game against Henrietta.
The Jacksboro Tigers will go up against Nocona this Friday for district championship.
He was raised by his grandparents, Clifford and Linda Stewart, until eighth grade, when his grandmother passed away.
His grandmother was the second loss for him, losing his grandfather two years earlier, both with cancer.
Thomas loves his hometown.
Thomas is a hard worker, saving his earnings at the grocery store over a year for a car, which he recently purchased — a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse. He has high goals, with his passion for track shining through.
“I want to run in the Olympics. Usain Bolt is my inspiration. I want to run like him,” he commented.
But he knows he has to have a plan, hoping for a college scholarship to run track or play football at Tarleton State University or Texas Tech, possibly pursuing a pharmaceutical degree or something in art.
Thomas is humble about his talents on the field.
All of D.J.'s moms and dads, along with all Tiger parents can get ready to cheer, and possibly wipe some tears this Friday as the seniors are presented for their district championship game. The celebration begins at 6:45 p.m. and the game at 7:30.
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