Thomas Now Following In Father's Footsteps

Robert Thomas V, the son of a former Dallas Cowboys fullback, just took up the game over a year ago and seems to have a bright future if his work at Arkansas' high school camp is any indication.

Even though his dad once played fullback for the Dallas Cowboys, Cedar Hill, Texas athlete Robert Thomas, Jr., had always been a baseball guy up until last year.

Thomas (6-0, 220) decided to give football a try and suddenly it’s his sport with baseball having been put by the wayside.

“I was a rookie coming out with zero talent, but then once I got to understand the play calls, I started coming out and playing better.

…I have (falling in love with football). I quit baseball just for football. I have a better chance at it and overall I am just more athletic at that than I am baseball.”

Thomas, who has an offer from Ouachita Baptist University, went through Arkansas’ three-day high school camp that finished up Tuesday morning.

“It went great,” Thomas said. “It was an amazing experience, learned new things to perfect my craft and overall just had a blast with my friends and got to meet new people.”

He worked at linebacker under the tutelage of Razorback linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves.

“Great coach, he helped me with my craft,” Thomas said. “He might have pushed me a little bit, I might have gotten a little bit mad, but I tool it personal and got my craft better. He is an excellent coach for me.”

Robert Thomas, Sr. was a star middle linebacker for Henderson State in college, but was moved to fullback in the NFL spent five seasons blocking for Cowboys star Emmitt Smith while with Dallas from 1998-2002.

He got a gentle nudge to his son to give football a chance, but now that he has – it is more of a push.

“Overall, he is a great inspiration and pushes me daily to give 110 percent, no under that and over that if you can,” Thomas said. “Go to your max.”

“I think he is developing really well especially for him to be so raw and so young at this,” Thomas said. “I have been teaching him the mental side of the game all his life because I love football.

“But for him to get out there, well, anybody that has every played football knows it is about repetition that makes you better.

“For coaches who are maybe going to recruit him, he is a sponge, he is very athletic and that’s what I was hoping for, to see his athleticism take over. Then the coaches can take over and mold him into whatever they need him to be.”

Cedar Hill has been a powerhouse program in Texas for a long time.

“We are working really good,” Thomas said. “We need to get better in our secondary overall. Otherwise, we have everything else locked down for next year’s championship.”

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