Decade removed, Thomas cracks 5-second 40
Posted February 21, 2013
Durham, N.C. — Eleven years removed from retirement from the NFL, former NC State tight end Mark Thomas felt like he still had enough in the tank to run a sub-5 second 40. Turns out he did - barely.
After a morning of hype, a good stretch and then a pep talk from Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, Thomas hit the starting line the on Pascal Field House turf at Duke University.
Wearing the same combine T-shirt and shorts - if they were even that long - Thomas ran with the grace of a man that had not worked out in a decade. When he crossed the line, there was Cutcliffe with the stopwatch in hand revealing the time.
It was not the 4.6 he turned in back in 1998, but suffice it to say the emotion after the fact was real. The pain tomorrow will be real too.