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|Birthdate||December 7, 1995|
Rawls was released by the Jaguars on Friday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Rawls missed time in training camp due to a hamstring injury and struggled to make an impact after retaking the field, totaling just eight carries for 24 yards and three catches for 19 yards in two preseason appearances. The 26-year-old running back flashed in 2015 when he broke out in Seattle, but has not surpassed 500 scrimmage yards or 4.0 YPC in a season since. In Rawls' absence, Elijah Hood and Devante Mays (ankle) will face slightly better odds of making the initial 53-man roster.
Aug. 30, 2019 12:27 PM EST
Born on August 3, 1993 in Flint, Michigan, Thomas Rawls is a graduate of Flint Norther High School, where he was a running back on the school's football team. During his high school football career he ran a total of 1,585 yards and had an average yard per carry exceeding 10. The same season, his senior year, he scored 19 touchdowns. As a unanimous selection for all-state, he also achieved the honor of breaking the school's record, which had previously been set by a winner of the Heisman Trophy. The Flint Journal even named him Player of the Year. Few football players in Michigan were recruited more than Rawls was.
While enrolled at the University of Michigan, Rawls expressed his desire to break rushing records set by university alumni Mike Harper, who was his favorite college football player. During his freshman year, Rawls played 10 games for the university and pulled off 73 rushing yards. This contributed to his selection as one of five of the university's players expected to pull off surprising feats for the 2012 football season. Yet in the 2012 and 2013 seasons he was not as active in the games as he could have been. In 2013 he only achieved three carries for the entire season.
After a transfer to Central Michigan University he spent his senior year football season playing as part of the school's team. In a September 2014 game Rawls was able to score two touchdowns and 155 yards rushes. He finished the 2014 college football season with 10 touchdowns and 1,103 rushing yards. Some of the highlights of his combine college football career can be seen here.
Though Rawls wasn't picked in the 2015 NFL draft he still signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks the same year. Due to the injury of a team member, Rawls was given a starring role in that season's games. In September of that year he completed 104 yards of rushes, beating the record set by Marshawn Lynch in 2012. In the third game of his NFL career he scored two touchdowns and ran 255 total yards. He also achieved 40 time with 30 carries and a 209 yard run.
2015 was a successful year for him, as he broke a record among as the newest rookie by rushing 209 yards. In addition, he is now in the NFL history books for being the first player to pull off, in one game, one each receiving and rushing touchdowns and achieving over 250 scrimmage yards. The team's first win for the 2015 season was credited to Rawls for achieving 16 carries and rushing 104 yards. This was referred to as his breakout performance and put him in the good graces of the team's head coach. The team as a whole was excited to see what he could do and how much he could improve their game strategy for this season and future seasons. His teammates saw him as a workhouse that would do whatever needed to be done to ensure the team's ongoing success. By the end of the year he had been voted onto the All-Rookie Team for the NFL and PFWA. His NFL player profile can be viewed here.
In a game played September of 2016, after he had just come back from an injury, Rawls participated in the season opener versus the Miami Dolphins. He had three catches on 26 yards and 12 carries on 32 yards. After missing subsequent games due to an injury he came back in 2017 and set the Seahawks post-season game record for running the most vertical yards. Highlights of Rawl's 2016 NFL season can be viewed here.
As his family's youngest child, Rawls aspired for adulthood fame. Known as Baby BeastMode, Rawls currently has a contract with the Seattle Seahawks for a yearly salary of $1,590,000 for the duration of his three-year contract. He dons jersey #34 and his official jersey can be purchased by clicking here. His official Twitter handle is @TRawls810, where he has 32,000 followers and his official Instagram handle is @t.rawls810, where he has 223,000 followers.