SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - Jordan Thomas was 6-foot-4, 240 pounds when he left Sumrall for East Central Community College in 2014.
Thomas now stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs nearly 280 pounds as a tight end for the Houston Texans.
The former Mississippi State Bulldog has caught 20 balls for 215 yards and four touchdowns in his NFL rookie season. Thomas is just the second Sumrall native to play in the NFL, joining running back Bill Lott.
Lott was drafted by the New York Giants in 1958 and also played for the AFL’s Oakland Raiders (1960) and Boston Patriots (1961-63).
Sumrall is proud of Thomas – as seen by a billboard just outside town with the idea to “Dream Big” underneath a photo of Thomas. The former Bobcat is proud to represent his hometown on Saturday when the Texans battle the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC playoffs at 3:35 p.m.
“There just has not been many Division I football players come through Sumrall,” said Sumrall head football coach Shannon White. “And now that Jordan has had his success and played at Mississippi State and now obviously Houston, we’re proud of him. The town has been so supportive and so proud, because everybody loves him. Everybody loves Jordan. You can’t help but love him because he loves you. He’s real proud to be from Sumrall."