The X-Men movies are often flashy and visually brilliant, full of computer-generated imagery and immense throngs of people running amuck. Yet unlike it’s predecessors, Logan keeps it perfectly simple yet epically bloody. Which leads us to ex-quarterback Logan Thomas – who like Wolverine is a pure athletic specimen that hasn’t garnered the attention he deserves.
But just because the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Virginia Tech product with a 4.54 40-yard dash looks the part and is already a sports meme doesn’t mean he’s already found his NFL groove.
Drafted as a quarterback with the 120th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft after a standout college career with way too many interceptions (39 in 47 games), Thomas rode the bench behind aging-yet-still-phenomenal signal caller Carson Palmer and backups Drew Stanton and dreadful Ryan Lindley. He appeared in two games for the Cardinals that first season, completing one of eight pass attempts for 81 yards and a touchdown (to Andre Ellington, for what it’s worth).
He was released by the Cardinals on September 5, 2015. He then spent the next few years on the rosters of the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants and never found any success. At all.
With quarterback opportunities so rare, Thomas decided to switch it up and try his hand at tight end. The Rex Ryan-led Buffalo Bills were sold and gave him a (long) shot. Considering the success former Ohio State quarterback and Cleveland Browns No. 1 receiver Terrelle Pryor enjoyed switching over to wideout, it’s no surprise teams appear more willing to take shots on athletes who can do it all (remember the original Golden Boy, Paul Hornung?).
Now as Logan makes his long awaited trip up to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (also known as Buffalo, New York), he will learn and train under the tutelage of Professor X (known upstate as coach Sean McDermott).