According to ESPN, 55-year-old Joe Thomas Sr. is studying engineering at historically black South Carolina State University — and revived his athletic career. He also took the field in the senior day game against Savannah State University, with 4:34 remaining in the opening quarter and took a handoff for three yards on his first carry.

Thomas Sr. said after the game:

“I felt like a hero. It was certainly one of the happiest days of my life. I always wanted to play college football and I finally got the chance. And I thank South Carolina State, coach [Buddy] Pough and the entire coaching staff, and my teammates for the opportunity. I had been waiting 36 years.”

According to The Undefeated, Thomas’ son played for S.C. State from 2010 to 2013.