HARTSELLE — Surrounded by friends and family in Hartselle High’s cafeteria, Dylan Thompson celebrated a moment that keeps family legacy alive.
Thompson signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at North Alabama, making him a third-generation player with the Lions.
Thompson’s father, Jeff, played at UNA from 1986-89, and his grandfather, Lynn, played from 1963-68 for the Lions.
“Getting a chance to continue this tradition is pretty special,” said Thompson, a 6-foot-2 and 278-pound offensive lineman. “My dad, grandfather and great uncle all played at UNA, now I get to be a part of that. It’s kind of unique — something we’re all excited about.”
His father agreed.
“I think it’s going to be a good fit for him,” Jeff Thompson said. “Bobby Wallace is a great coach to play for. We went through some wars together, now Dylan is going to get an opportunity to do the same. I really enjoyed my time over there, and I know Dylan is going to love it, too.”
Thompson was a first-team selection on The Daily’s 2012 Class 4A-6A all-area football team, and he was selected as an honorable mention on the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A all-state team.
“Dylan is one of the best football players we’ve had here,” Hartselle coach Bob Godsey said. “There’s a reason why we ran left so often, and that’s because of him. Dylan is in this position because he has always been willing to put in extra time and do the necessary things to be successful.
“If what he’s done in the past, with the hard work and perseverance, is any indication of the future, then I know he’ll play at UNA before he leaves there.”
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