- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 20, 2015

ASHBURN — Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson was a fifth-round draft pick in 2013.

After being waived by the Redskins last August, he signed with the team in December and has worked his way to being the team’s third-down back.

The 5-foot-8, 193-pound Thompson is from Greenville, Florida, a no-stoplight town with a population of fewer than 1,000 people 40 minutes away from Tallahassee.

What was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to him on the football field?

It happened his senior year at Madison County High School. He talked about that and more in this week’s Sunday Chat.

Q: If you could play any other position other than running back, what would it be and why?
A: I think I might have two, but out of those two I think I’d like to play receiver. It’s just so fun, man. For the most part, you’re getting one-on-one matchups all game, you can study that opponent and know hey, if I’m playing against Arizona, I’m going against Pat P [Patrick Peterson] every single snap, which is fun. Then I look at guys like [New England Patriots wide receiver Julian] Edelman, he plays at every receiver position, then will go in the backfield, more of being a slot guy, it’s just fun. You look at guys around the league, you can see how much fun they have being used in different positions, even back to college, I look at guys like [Ohio State receiver] Braxton Miller, he’s like a video-game character. I always worked on my routes all the time. Second one would be cornerback. I played a little bit in high school. But I thought if I had any chance of playing college it would be corner because I was too small to play running back. When I played in high school it was so fun.

Q: When did you start playing football?
A: I was 6 playing sandlot ball but organized ball, it took me a while because I was scared to suit up in pads because I thought it hurt more than sandlot, which makes no sense now. I was in sixth grade. During my first practice ever, I didn’t want to go out but my stepdad was like, “You need to go out here. At some point you’re going to have to suit up if you ever wanna play football.” I went out, man, I didn’t wanna go. I was scared. I was crying. I knew I was too old to be crying.

Q: What is your most embarrassing moment on the football field?
A: I sprained my ankle in high school the week before a game. It was my senior year. I was going into the next game, hoping to play, and I had this punt return. During the punt return, it was a left return, I was bending the corner and my ankle started hurting again and I literally dropped the ball — laid the ball down on the field and fell and rolled out of bounds. My coaches were like, “Chris! You dropped the ball.” And I’m like, “I don’t care, my ankle.” They picked the ball up and scored. I thought I broke my ankle. ‘Til this day, whenever I go home and chill with my high school boys, they’re always like, “Remember you messed up your ankle and just laid the ball on the ground and rolled out of bounds?” That was pretty embarrassing.

Q: What would be your super power?
A: First person I thought about was Wolverine, but that’s not a super power. He just can’t die. The X-Men character Mystique, she can change into anybody. I would love to do that. I love X-Men.

Q: As an athlete, you have to maintain a strict diet. What’s your favorite cheat meal?
A: A Burger King whopper. I eat a Whopper after every game. Double Whopper with cheese. No pickles. Add bacon. I get a sweet tea. Then I’ll drive across town and get some McDonald’s fries because I don’t like Burger King fries. I legit do that. No lie.

Q: What’s the last thing you watched on Netflix?
A: “Orange is the New Black.” I think that’s the last one on Netflix. I really like that show and I try to tell my boys, I’m like, “Bro, just trust me and watch it.” It’s really good.

Q: What’s the last album you purchased?
A: Nappy Roots. Watermelon, Chicken and Grits. I just like one song called Po’ Folks. That’s my favorite song. I bought the whole album just for it.

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