Thomas enjoying spotlight after 'Hail Mary' catch

By Mark Long

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Nov. 15 2010 5:42 p.m. MST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mike Thomas traveled to Connecticut on Monday morning and spent the day bouncing from one ESPN studio to another.

Maybe it was his 15 minutes of fame. Maybe it was his coming out party. Maybe it was his way of getting ready for the frantic pace of fatherhood.

Either way, Thomas enjoyed every minute in the spotlight.

Jacksonville's 5-foot-8 receiver became an overnight sensation after hauling in David Garrard's 50-yard "Hail Mary" pass as time expired to beat Houston 31-24 Sunday. Thomas caught a ball cornerback Glover Quin tried to bat to the ground, then hopped into the end zone for the winning score.

He calls it "an icebreaker for my life," and adds that he doesn't want to be a "one Hail Mary kind of guy."

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