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55-Year-Old S.C. State Student Gets His Dreams Fulfilled Of Playing College Football

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.

Tommy G. Meade Jr.

Tommy G. Meade Jr.

Tommy G. Meade Jr. is the Editor-in-Chief of HBCU Buzz. He is a Central State University alum and is a proud member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Meade formerly was a Staff Writer for HBCU Buzz. In 2012, he was selected by Luke Lawal Jr. to lead HBCU Buzz.