Jason Thompson lives and works so close to the Seahawks’ practice facility at the VMAC, coaches did not even have to call him to gauge his interest in joining the team’s practice squad.
They could have just yelled out of one of the facility’s windows.
Seattle has had a history with keeping some of the area’s best football talent around, and Thompson, a former Kennedy Catholic standout, added to that Wednesday when he signed with the team’s practice squad.
He is listed as a strong safety, but Thompson can also play some linebacker.
“I love being here,” Thompson said.
Thompson was a dual-threat quarterback at Kennedy Catholic who many figured would end up at the same college as his brother, Everette, at the University of Washington.
The Huskies saw him playing a different position, so Thompson instead signed with Wyoming in 2012.
He started two games as a true freshman — one at running back, and the other at quarterback.
When it became clear he was no longer viewed as an offensive centerpiece, Thompson figured it was time to switch sides of the ball — and move elsewhere.
He switched to safety, and played in 24 games in two seasons at Utah.
“At first, I was real hesitant to switch (positions),” Thompson said. “But I figured I’d rather help the team out rather than be a distraction.”
Last February, Thompson first stepped foot in the VMAC at an NFL regional combine.
He caught the eye of the New England Patriots, and signed with them in May. He was released right before the start of the regular season.
Thompson caught on with the Chicago Bears and their practice squad for a couple of weeks, but was released in mid-October.
He had been working as a trainer for Ford Sports Performance where a few Seahawks go for extra work in the offseason.
That is where he was Tuesday night when the Seahawks contacted him about a contract.
“I feel like I’ve been trying to stay ready, stay positive,” said Thompson. who had not even told his parents Wednesday that he signed with the hometown NFL team. They are in Australia visiting his grandparents.
“That is the hardest thing for guys to do in this situation.”