“How can the New Orleans Saints have so many lovable players,” bemoan fans of other teams, especially the detestable rival Atlanta Falcons. When Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore aren’t setting records and hijacking Endymion, or Cameron Jordan is sending bottles of wine to Cam Newton after sacking him out of the playoffs, Michael Thomas is finding time to joust with the haters and losers on Twitter.
Thomas fell in the 2016 NFL Draft after running a slower-than-expected 4.57-second 40-yard dash at that year’s NFL Scouting Combine and sharing time with Ezekiel Elliott during their Ohio State Buckeyes career. He was drafted in the second round at 47th overall, behind five other wide receivers: Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns), Will Fuller (Houston Texans), Josh Doctson (Washington), Laquon Treadwell (Minnesota Vikings), and Sterling Shepard (New York Giants).
Some fans in the #DraftTwitter community even took to calling him “Bad Michael Thomas” because the name was shared by a Southern Mississippi wide receiver who better-fit production metrics. That “other” Thomas was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Rams and has yet to make an impact.
Earlier in his career Thomas leaned hard on the #shhh hashtag to let his actions speak louder than his words, but he’s since earned some bragging rights after setting a new NFL record for receptions through his first two years in the league (196) and going toe-to-toe with the league’s best corners, like Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals) and Xavier Rhodes (Minnesota Vikings).
Of course, he couldn’t let the Vikings have a clean escape from the embarrassment of a 38-7 blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after their so-called Minneapolis Miracle:
Thomas is the boisterous WR1 Saints fans have always wanted, and he’s here to let the world know that he’s a superstar.