That’s crazy, man. It’s easy to come to work and be ready when things are going great. But even the guy who gets paid to train polar bears at some point has to be all, “I can’t take this son of a [female dog] another day” once in a while, right?
Thomas’ perseverance is extraordinary. Don’t take my word for it, though. One of the most indelible images from Sunday was Titans LT chasing after Thomas as he was leaving the field (this is when it’s acceptable to leave the sideline) to show some respect for the best in the business. That says a lot.
Goedert was around 230 pounds at the time and had shown the coaching staff vast potential, but they all knew there was more to be mined.
“I challenged him, Coach Schleusner and I both, that he had a chance to play at the next level. To that point, he had done what I had asked, but he just kind of did it,” Moe said. “But he responded better than anybody I’ve ever had that NFL conversation with. After that, he attacked it. Since then, he’s been our lifter of the year in the offseason.”
That’s the sound of the alarm, and this is the song it sang:
Goedert now stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 270 pounds. He can run the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, a blistering time for his size. His squat max is up to 552 pounds, his vertical jump at 36 inches. In short, he’s significantly narrowed the gap between what he can be and what he is.
“He was a 35-inch vertical when we first tested him at 230 pounds, and he can still do that now at 270,” Moe said. “That’s explosiveness.”