The first catch of Colin Thompson's NFL career catch was special one - a touchdown.

Thompson, who is also the offensive coordinator for the Lower Cape May Caper Tigers football team, and has been a host on 97.3 ESPN is an undrafted tight end.  He made his first NFL catch, for a score, giving the Carolina Panthers a 7-0 lead over Tampa Bay.

"I had about 300-to-400 texts," laughed Thompson as a guest of The Sports Bash. I was able to be rounds of drinks for people all over, including one of our favorite spots in Cape May."

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater delivered the pass and found the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Thompson wide-open in the end zone.

"I just ran to the corner as fast as I could and Teddy floated it up," explained Thompson. "It felt like the ball was in the air forever."

While the first career catch and touchdown is special for every NFL player, Thompson's has been a long time coming. The University of Temple product has been all over the football landscape.  He has been in NFL camps with both the Bears and Giants. He played in the AAF and XFL before latching on with the Panthers, playing for his former college head coach Matt Rhule.

Thompson, who trains in Cape May, made the team after he was released.  He did not make the initial 53-man roster, but was called back to the Panthers. He is a part of coach Lance Bailey's staff at Lower Cape May, where the Caper Tigers are 3-3 this season. Thompson plays his NFL games on Sunday's, heads home and then gets on a zoom call with the Lower Cape May staff to prepare for the Caper Tigers next game.

He watches Lower Cape Mays film from their Friday night game on Sunday or Monday, then starts to prepare a game-plan for their next opponent. He is on multiple zoom meeting calls during the week with the Caper Tigers staff to help prepare the offense for their next opponent.

Between NFL, coaching high school football, and talking about football as a host on 97.3 ESPN, the TD catch was a culmination of a lot of hard work and support from a lot of people along the way.

"It was pretty special," Thompson said. "I'll never forget the embraces with the players and coaches and a monumental day for myself, my family, my fiancee Sydney, Lower Cape May football, my high school football team.  A lot of people to shout out, a lot of people helped me along the way and I am a product of them."


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