Kansas City Chiefs running back, Darwin Thompson is on a mission this NFL season.
Thompson turned heads when it seemed as if he said that he wanted to be better than Detroit Lions NFL Hall of Famer, Barry Sanders.
For those tardy to the party here’s what Thompson told SB Nation right before he was drafted:
“When I got to Utah State, it was the same offense that the league is really transitioning into — the spread. I think you’ll see a lot more value in the running back position as that gives running backs more running lanes; even more in the NFL with the hashes being so close. Just imagine Barry Sanders in today’s offense. He would kill the game.
“That’s what I plan on doing.”
Thompson tells me that he didn’t say he wanted to be better than Sanders and he was misquoted.
More on that in a minute.
A sixth-round draft pick in the spring’s 2019 NFL Draft, Thompson put on a show in the Chiefs’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
A 5’8 speed rusher out of Utah State, Thompson caught eyes when he scored a 51-yard touchdown in that preseason game.
Didn’t take @DTRAINN5 long to make a first impression at Arrowhead! 🚂#TouchdownTuesday | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/6FlJbswODt
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 13, 2019
We discussed that and more in our Q&A in Del City, Oklahoma at Jeff Richards’ football camp.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: First of all congratulations on being drafted.
Darwin Thompson: I appreciate it.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: You really think that you can be the Chiefs’ Barry Sanders?
Darwin Thompson: What I said was if Barry Sanders was in the offenses of today’s NFL; spread offenses, he would kill the game. That’s my goal to be like Barry Sanders in the NFL. To reach that experience in the NFL, I’m able to make people miss in spread offenses things such as that. I’m basically a one of a kind player that’s hard to come by. I want to be my own type of running back, be a great.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: So your words got twisted?
Darwin Thompson: Yeah. My words got twisted. I didn’t say that. People ran with it. I said if Barry Sanders was in today’s offense, he would kill the game. I want to be like Barry Sanders.
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 18: Barry Sanders shakes hands with Lem Barney (R) during the …read more