The toughest part of Logan Thomas' transition from quarterback to tight end was saying yes.
He had been highly recruited in high school, finished his career at Virginia Tech as the school’s all-time leading passer and was good enough to get drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals. Being a quarterback was his identity. He always had been one and was always going to be one.
Until he was sitting on his couch after getting released by the New York Giants in November 2016 and Detroit GM Bob Quinn called. He wanted Thomas to work out -- as a tight end.
“I said, ‘Well, I’m tired of sitting on the couch, so let’s do it,’” Thomas said. “… It’s putting your ego on the table. That’s the hardest part of the switch, to be completely honest.”
It turned out to be the right thing. Thomas, who had appeared in just two games with the Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Giants, is now one of the NFL’s top tight ends. He broke through in 2020 with 72 catches for 670 yards and six touchdowns for the Washington Football Team and says he has only begun to show the kind of impact player he can be.
All because he said yes to shucking who he was. It wasn’t an easy transition, though, and it took several years before Thomas even felt comfortable as a tight end -- things that have to be taken into account now that Tim Tebow has made the decision to also finally say yes.