Earl Thomas doesn’t often show much emotion. He’s a serious, no-nonsense person who keeps his words to a minimum.
But as the Ravens prepared to play the Seattle Seahawks this week, his teammates could tell what the game meant to him. The veteran safety spent the first nine seasons of his career in Seattle before their relationship ended on sour terms, and this week was a chance to show they made a mistake letting him walk.
Thomas didn’t need to say much for his teammates to know how badly he wanted to win.
“It’s just a game, but for Earl it was a little bit more,” cornerback Marlon Humphrey said.
Thomas got exactly what he wanted, as the Ravens took down the Seahawks 30-16 at CenturyLink Field in the defense’s best performance of the season. Thomas said it was the most satisfying win he’s had in a long time.
“Just to come in here where I started, and get the win like that, and we dominated too, it felt really, really, really good,” Thomas said. “Today was big. My teammates have been telling me all week they have my back and it felt real good for those guys to show up how they did today. It felt so good to get that win.”
After the game, Head Coach John Harbaugh presented Thomas with a game ball. He then broke down the huddle and thanked his teammates for coming through for him.
“That means everything,” Thomas said.