Not long after the Kansas City Chiefs selected Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, (24th pick, 124 overall), the former Ducks football star was in town to tour the team's facility and meet his new coaches. Thomas later met with me to discuss his draft-day experience, thoughts on KC and more.
View photos of the Chiefs fourth round draft pick, running back, De'Anthony Thomas.
When the phone rang and the Chiefs were on the other end, what was your first thought; how did the conversation unfold?
"It was just a great feeling. It was strange getting the call, because during the Combine, during the visits and stuff, I never thought the Chiefs were very interested in me and when they called and learning I'm going to be a Chief, I got very excited and I'm just ready to get to work."
It's your first time to Kansas City; what had you heard about the city and what are your thoughts, after getting into town?
"I heard there's a lot of barbecue, which I love. I heard there's some great fishing out here, so I'm looking forward to that. Most importantly, I'm just ready to perform on the field."
Were you able to see your mom on her special day, before traveling?
"I wasn't able to see her, but she knows that I love her and that I'm thankful for everything she's done for me; I couldn't have a better mom than her."
You met the Chiefs coaches for the first time; what did you take away from your brief conversations?
"It's a great group and I'm very excited to be a part of this group and I just can't wait to be able to contribute."