Even by Michael Thomas’ standards, it has been a busy week in his role as community activist.
Thomas was one of three Dolphins to participate in a ride-along with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on the players’ day off. Friday, the NFL players association named Thomas winner of its weekly Community MVP honors.
Thomas, a safety and the Dolphins’ special teams captain, was honored for his work mentoring youth in South Florida. After participating in the ride-along, he hosted a “Home for the Holidays” party with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami for about 100 children and their mentors.
Thomas, Jelani Jenkins and Kenny Stills took part in the ride-along and passed out football trading cards.
Those three players, along with Arian Foster, began kneeling during the national anthem to protest oppression earlier this season. Foster has since retired. Thomas and Stills continue to kneel but Thomas has attempted to bridge the gap between police and youth, including a second annual trip to Fort Pierce earlier this season to meet with law enforcement and underprivileged youth in that community. Fort Pierce has awarded Thomas the key to the city.