Thursday, February 4, 2016

Former Red Sox Prospect Suiting Up For Super Bowl 50

Thompson (Ethan Faggett/Red Sox Photo)
Thanks to Ian Browne of, we now have an interesting storyline for Sunday's Super Bowl. Most of us, of course, have imposed a Full Media Blackout since the AFC Championship Game, so it's not surprising that we missed this story. Apparently, one of the key Carolina Panthers is none other than a former Red Sox prospect. Shaq Thompson (drafted by the Sox in the 18th round) is a 21-year-old Panther linebacker who had a very brief cup of cappuccino in the Boston organization. He had just 39 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League and he whiffed 37 times. Not the most auspicious beginning to a baseball career. Thompson wisely went back to football—where he had been a five-star high school recruit. Last year, the Panthers took him with the 25th overall pick in the NFL draft. Now, he's in Super Bowl 50. May he sack and/or intercept "Mr. Nationwide" several times on the way to a big Carolina victory!