JT Thomas is a class act


Honestly, I couldn’t think of anything else to say for this title.

There’s an article on ESPNChicago.com that talks about the excellent deed JT Thomas did for a local Morgantown middle school girl.

Joslyn Levell longed for a dance partner.

Yet no one would accommodate, until Bears sixth-round pick J.T. Thomas — an outside linebacker from West Virginia University — stepped in after a chance meeting. Thomas asked Levell out for the date of a lifetime Friday night at the Suncrest Middle School prom in Morgantown, W.V.

An engaging 14-year old who listens mostly to pop music, but extols the verbal ferocity of rappers Lil Wayne, Drake and her favorite, Eminem, Levell seems like most teenage girls obsessing in Twilight, the latest gossip and fads.

“She’s a cool little girl,” Thomas says.

But unlike most little girls, Levell also has spina bifida, a birth defect which occurs — according to the Spina Bifida Association of America — in seven of every 10,000 births in the United States, and confines her to a wheelchair.

Levell says, “I can’t help if I was born this way,” acknowledging the condition leads to people “having trouble accepting that I’m different,” while possibly playing a role in not being asked out for the prom.

Levell even took initiative to remedy her date dilemma, but “got turned down seven times in one week.”

“All the guys at school don’t like me,” she said. “They’re like jerks.”

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I must say, in this day and age of self-gratification by most athletes, JT Thomas proved to be quite the opposite. Also, when it seems all the media wants to do is report on the negatives concerning WVU (such as Brandon Hogan getting arrested, or couch fires downtown), Michael C. Wright at ESPN Chicago decided to report on a positive story.

Hats off to JT Thomas. Job well done!