A Brief History of Earl Thomas Hugging Officials

(Last Updated On: April 7, 2017)

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas recovered a fumble against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 and ran it back for a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter. In loving power-move fashion, he then hugged side judge Alex Kemp, who chuckled before tossing a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Seahawks lost to the Saints 25-20.

But it wasn’t the first time Earl hugged a ref. And I’ll tell you what.. I respect it.

Keep on, young fella. You’re everything that’s right in today’s NFL.