Pierre Thomas’ story with the New Orleans Saints is one most close to the sport can appreciate.
Thomas went undrafted in 2007 out of the University of Illinois and manged to become one of two undrafted rookies to make the Saints final roster that year.
With the likes of Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush and Aaron Stecker ahead of him on the depth chart Thomas had to sit and wait patiently for his moment to shine.
Finally during the Saints last regular season game against the Chicago Bears he was awarded the start after injuries to McAllister and Bush.
Thomas managed to put a game together for the ages, one that he has still not surpassed in his four year career, totaling 226 total yards from scrimmage (105 rushing, 121 receiving) and one touchdown.
Even though the Saints still lost, Thomas had definitely won.
His success at the end of the 2007 season was awarded with a more prominent role in the Saints offense where he quickly became the teams top rusher in 2008 (625 yards, nine touchdowns) and 2009 (793 yards, six touchdowns).
The 793 yards rushing was a new career high for Thomas which helped the Saints to a fifth ranked rush attack overall in 2009, he was as also an instrumental part of the Saints Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts.
All was not ‘peaches and cream’ however as a rift began to form between he and the Saints organization in the off season last year.