Name: Thomas Addison
College: Shepherd University
Years Played?: 2009-2013
Pro Experience: 2 seasons in Europe. Kouvola Indians (Finland) and Black Panthers (France)
Highlight film link:
EuroPlayers Combine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96mKqN_kGhc
Finland Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eSvAn6UstU
What was the most important thing you learned during your career?
Effort is the difference between being average and being a champion.
That being said, practice and training are the most important things for my success.
I have also learned to play every game like it’s my last game. I have to always play hard and leave everything on the field.
What qualities do you possess that makes you a candidate for a professional contract?
I am extremely hard working and dedicated to my career and constantly making myself a better player and athlete. My speed and my first steps are the most important qualities I possess because when I see a hole i am quick enough to get through it and fast enough to beat everybody to the End Zone.
I also thrive under pressure, and in tough situations is when coaches and teammates see the best of me.
What motivates you on and off the field?
My desire to succeed and become the best. I always strive to achieve things that no-one has ever achieved. I also think highly of my teammates and they make me play hard for them.
What is your routine like as you pursue a professional opportunity?
I wake up early around 7am to go to an indoor field to run routes and work on my speed and footwork. I go home to eat and do my stretch and flexibility routine, then at around 2 pm I go back to the gym to train with my trainer. After that I go to my job from 4pm to 12am as a security guard.
What is or are some challenges you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
My biggest challenge was to build power and size. I have always been fast but I needed to become more powerful to get to the pro-level. In college i played at the weight of 178 lbs throughout my whole career which I believe delayed my career in the NFL. Now I am at 195 lbs and stronger and faster than ever. To achieve that weight and keep the speed was the hardest challenge and it required a lot of hard work, but it was worth every second.
What are some of the contributions you made to your previous program? What about the local community?
After my season in Finland I was hosting speed and agility training camp for the kids in the local community of Tikkakoski. That was a lot of fun and I felt like I had a lot to give to the children.
What is your best asset as an athlete and why will it make you successful at the next level?
Definitely my determination. I simply won’t give up until I make it and become the best me I can be.
What are your plans for a post football career?
I would like to own my own business and hopefully get to work with kids to pass on everything I have learned throughout my career. This would involve football and other physical and mental training for young athletes. I also want to expand my businesses internationally to Finland which has become my second home through Football.
What is your fondest memory playing football?
My senior year of High School when my team won the State Championships. We were down by 16 points with 8 minutes to go and I scored 3 touchdowns back to back. One of then was a 86-yard TD and another one was a 90-yard one. I was definitely a hero that day.