Seattle Seahawk safety Earl Thomas said winning Super Bowl XLVIII was no surprise to him because it’s what he’d done his entire life.
“I’m used to winning,” Thomas told The Jim Rome Show. “I think I’m just addicted to success. I’m addicted to winning.”
The All-Pro says his goal isn’t to be the best safety in the game, it’s much bigger than that.
“The best athlete ever, the best db, the best defensive player that anybody has ever seen,” Thomas said of his goals.
Asked to clarify if he wants to be alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth on the Mt. Rushmore of all sport’s greatest, the safety said he wants too.
“Definitely, definitely, you never set any limits on yourself,” said Thomas. “You always just fight for that untapped potential and you never know when your breakthrough is going to happen and you never know when that other door is going to open. So I’m always engaged, I’m always locked in, whether it’s a walkthrough or I’m just talking to somebody in general, I’m listening to what they are saying, so I can have something to say back that’s impactful.”
The 25-year-old believes with his natural ability, inner drive and a lot of hard work the sky’s the limit.
“I always say if you combine God given ability with 100 percent effort, I know I’m hard to beat because I’m willing to go longer than most people are willing to go,” said Thomas.
Thomas doesn’t take football for granted so he must maximize every second he gets playing.
“This game is so precious and it can be taken from you like that,” said Thomas. “So you definitely want to cherish every opportunity you get and really be thankful for all opportunities you have. Because I’ve been playing this game since Pop Warner and it’s just crazy to see my love for it and the mental side coming alive.”