Miami Dolphins’ Michael Thomas to Pro Bowl isn’t so ‘farfetched’ after all

Miami Dolphins free safety and special teams captain Michael Thomas. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins free safety and special teams captain Michael Thomas. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

“Farfetched,” Michael Thomas said of his chances of making the Pro Bowl.

Meaning, he’ll take it.

Thomas has made a career of capitalizing on slim chances and figures being on the ballot as a special teams candidate this year certainly beats not even making the ballot last year. Plus, with the Dolphins campaigning for fans to stuff the ballot box, and with Thomas tied for the NFL lead in special teams tackles (15), maybe Thomas’ chances aren’t so farfetched after all.

“It’s a blessing to even have the opportunity to be voted in,” said Thomas, the Dolphins’ special teams captain. “People need to be looking at me and considering me to be voted in. I’m just enjoying the process, really.”

Why should fans vote for Thomas?

“I’m tied with one of my teammates (Mike Hull) for the league lead in tackles, we have one of the best special teams units in the league, a winning team — I feel like it’s a good reason to vote for someone,” Thomas said.

Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said he wouldn’t trade Thomas “for anybody.

“I think one of the things that gets unnoticed with sometimes is special teams guys in the return game. He’s a good blocker. I think everybody kind of just makes notes on who makes the tackles, and he certainly does a good job doing that in coverage, but here’s a guy that is also a really good blocker.

“And then the off-the-field stuff, which people don’t see, as well – in the meeting rooms and with the young players and the mentorship and the leadership that he provides – I mean he’s really, again to me, a poster child of a guy that you want to be as a special teams captain.”

Thomas can’t hide how much it would mean if he is selected.

“First off, it would be humbling because there’s so many great players on special teams in this league that don’t get a lot of credit for the work that they put in and it’s unfortunate that only one player from the whole conference gets to be represented for special teams in the Pro Bowl,” he said. “How crazy is that? So as farfetched as it would be for me to get it, it’d be a huge honor.”

Thomas should get a chance to show his stuff over the final month of the season because he’ll go against both of last year’s special teams Pro Bowl picks, Justin Bethel of the Cardinals and Matt Slater of the Patriots.

If he were to make it, Thomas couldn’t help but reflect on the road to this point: Undrafted. Signed by the Dolphins off San Francisco’s practice squad. Pro Bowl?

“All that, man,” Thomas said. “From being told once you’re not good enough to even play on special teams in the NFL to even be considered a player who’s playing at a Pro Bowl level, it’s humbling in itself.”

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