One look at the incoming calls and texts to Miami Dolphins rookie running back
“There were so many people asking for tickets and I had to tell them I’m not paying for all of those tickets because I already got enough for everybody,” said Thomas, who was Miami’s second-round draft pick (62nd overall) in April. “I have somewhere between 12 and 15 and I’m definitely looking forward to it. Some of my teammates I played with are going to come and a lot of other people that supported the Wildcats are going to come so it’ll be fun.”
Mastrud’s parents are coming to the game along with a couple of his close friends from K-State, but he wasn’t quite as deluged with requests as Thomas was. He figures so many of those people from that area are Chiefs fans that they will find their own way into the stadium.
Both Thomas and Mastrud also had the good fortune of having played games at Arrowhead in college when the Wildcats faced off against Iowa State. They’ve actually played there more times than 15-year veteran outside linebacker
“The one thing I wasn’t used to when I went out and played there was the wind whipping in your face,” Mastrud said. “That’s just a whole new level, especially when it’s cold. Everyone says it’s the loudest place in the NFL but I played in the Big 12 and there’s a lot of loud stadiums there, too. I played at Auburn before so it shouldn’t be anything new.”
Fortunately for the Dolphins this time around, temperatures are expected to be in the high 50s and low 60s. When these two teams met three years ago in late December, the temperature at kickoff was 10 degrees with a wind chill factor of minus-12 degrees. Miami won, 38-31.
Thomas is looking forward to getting on the actual field because he already knows what to expect in terms of turf conditions. In fact, he had quite an afternoon in his last visit last September 18th in the Wildcats’ come-from-behind 27-20 win over Iowa State, rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 34 carries.
“I played there twice so I know how the surface is but I’m not sure how the weather’s going to be,” Thomas said. “I feel like I’ve got a good feeling for the stadium. It always has a college atmosphere to it so it’ll be fun because the fans love that team.”
His first game at Arrowhead, also against Iowa State on October 3rd, 2009, ended in victory, 24-23, when Kansas State’s Emmanuel Lamur blocked the Cyclone’s extra point with 32 seconds left. Thomas rushed for 96 yards on 25 carries, so clearly he likes playing in that stadium.
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