Pirates Add Another Big Piece Upfront

By: Oliver Nissi
Pirates Insider
January 18, 2021

Thomas alongside one of his Northwestern coaches during pregame. 

WORCESTER, MA. — The Massachusetts Pirates have signed offensive lineman Jared Thomas for the 2021 season. Thomas becomes the sixth offensive lineman to sign with the organization this off-season. He spoke with masspiratesfootball.com about competing against his new teammates.

“When you take away whatever sport you’re playing, at the core of every athlete is competitiveness. With the other offensive linemen, you’re creating a competitive environment. The best man will have to go out there and get the job done.”

Thomas (6’3”, 300 lbs.) last played college football at Northwestern University. He appeared in 51 total games during his four years on the field, including starting all 14 games at center during his junior and senior seasons. Thomas redshirted as a true freshman at Northwestern in 2015.

Some of Thomas’ accomplishments at Northwestern include being named 2019 team captain and 2019 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. He was also awarded Academic All-Big Ten from 2016-2019, and that high academic praise certainly grabbed the attention of Pirates president and general manager Jawad Yatim.

“Jared might be one of the most intellectual players we have on our roster, and his ability to play all across the line is going to be invaluable for us. From all accounts he’s a great leader and person and our organization should benefit from having him a part of it, glad to have Jared aboard.”

Thomas also appeared at offensive tackle while at Northwestern and on special teams. He is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana.

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