Tom Thompson (American football)
Tom Thompson was a member of the football team during the 2009 season for Austin College in Sherman, Texas. In 2011, He earned a graduate degree from Austin College and has been the kicking coach for the football team at Austin College since the 2010 season.
Tom Thompson was a place-kicker for Division III Austin College in Sherman, Texas and wore the number 91. On November 14, 2009 at the age of 61, Tom Thompson became the oldest player in NCAA history after he scored the extra point for Austin College's only touchdown of the game against Trinity University. The previous record holder for the oldest NCAA collegiate football player is believed to have been an athlete from Sul Ross State University named Mike Flynt in 2007. Tom Thompson last played organized football over 40 years ago while in high school. His successful kick made national and international news.
The Sporting News awarded him one of the five game balls given nationally for week 11 of the 2009 football season recognizing his effort. His Austin College jersey was put on display at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana in 2011.
In September 2012, Carpenter’s Son Publishing released Tom Thompson’s non-fiction autobiography entitled, Kick Start.
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