Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Curtis Thomas: I feel my biggest strengths are my size and my ability to cover anyone they match me up against. I can cover the outside WR, the slot WR, whatever is needed. I feel I am a very good cover safety. I have great feet and am quick. I think I benefit because the NFL is looking for S’s to come in right away and be able to cover all different areas of the field.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Curtis Thomas: One goal really is to just get in there and stay in there for as long as god blesses me. I want to make the Pro Bowl and become a very successful NFL player as well as help my team win a Super Bowl. That is every man’s dream. Those are the biggest goals I want to achieve at this time.
Scott Porter: A lot of people question the level of competition that you played against in college, what would you tell those people?
Curtis Thomas: When people start talking about that stuff I want them to know that I played Division 1 football at Minnesota, so I have experienced both levels. The only real difference is the program itself. Minnesota had more money where they could offer more resources to help you out and more resources within the program to have ability to recruit better because of the Division 1 status. However, I would say we come to play just like everyone else does each week. We are on a very similar skill level playing at Texas Southern. You’re still playing against great players and competing with tough level talent. We played a lot of well-known programs as well having very talented player in our own conference and on our own team that we face off against every day in practice. In some cases coming to a smaller school benefits a player. It often brings out the best in a player because you have to work that much harder and you are hungrier to get the job done and to prove to people that you can play at a top level. It makes you work harder knowing people doubt you and knowing it is going to take you a little extra to get to the next level playing here. A lot of times Division 1 level athletes take stuff for granted and think the NFL is going to hand them a spot whereas at Texas Southern you have to work hard just for a chance to get yourself noticed.
Scott Porter: What NFL player reminds you of yourself?
Curtis Thomas: I would say Brian Dawkins of the Denver Broncos. He is a great S and works very hard and does it in all areas of the game. He loves the game and is very spiritual and plays with a lot of emotion like me. He can cover, blitz and tackle. He does all the great things that a S should do.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your great accomplishments?
Curtis Thomas: Being able to do something a lot of players want to do but never have the chance and that is playing college football. A lot of players are great in High School but cannot transfer their game over to the college level. They never adapt and adjust to the speed of the game. I transitioned well from high school to college. My skills and leadership both transitioned to the college level very nice.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Curtis Thomas?
Curtis Thomas: They are getting a high spirited guy with a lot of emotion and leaderships skills. I am going to work as hard as anyone and I am very coachable and likeable to my coaches and my teammates. I will work hard to be one of the best and you will get the most out of my talents. I feel I can do whatever I set my mind to do and I feel that will continue in the NFL. I will listen and learn anything that is thrown at me. I will do whatever is possible to win and help a team.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have faced?
Curtis Thomas: I would say Chris “Beanie” Wells of Ohio State. I played against him as a true freshmen when I was at Minnesota. Seeing what he could do just opened up my eyes. He could do stuff that most RB’s are not able to do, he was like nothing I had seen before. He had great strength power and he was just one of those do it all types runners. I also would throw in Shonn Greene at Iowa and Dustin Keller of Purdue.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Curtis Thomas: Just looking forward to the being able to accomplish a dream I have had since I was 7 years old. Being able to say I achieved a dream of playing in the NFL.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Curtis Thomas: I would say my biggest hobbies off the field are swimming, basketball and blogging.