Today marks (almost) one year since I started these Photoshop Phriday posts! Though I had been sharing pictures at the end of other posts for some time it wasn’t until Valentine’s Day last year that I shared the first full post about Charles Woodson (how romantic!). This marks the 44th of these posts and somehow I’ve made it this far without highlighting Anthony Thomas (though I made note of him when talking about Chris Perry). Anthony, or A-Train, was a force to be reckoned with in Michigan’s backfield from 1997-2000. When he was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft he held the Michigan records for rushing yards and touchdowns (both have since been broken).
His career at Michigan got off to a great start when in 1997 Michigan won the national title and he was selected as the Big 10 Freshman of the Year. Having not grown up watching Michigan football, I like that these posts give me an opportunity to go back and watch games from the recent and not-so-recent past. In this case I watched the 2000 Michigan vs. Michigan State game, where Thomas rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Those two TDs would be the only scores in a 14-0 Michigan win. Dragging a Michigan State defender on his back across the goal line, Thomas completed this great 31 yard TD run. This game also had an incredible goal line stand by the Michigan defense which culminated in a fumble recovery. What gave Thomas the energy he needed to bulldoze Spartan defenders? Delicious banana bread of course (Photo credit to Danny Moloshok)!