Tennis standout Thompson sidelined by football injury

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Former Elk tennis star Jeremy Thompson sat out the Elk River Open last weekend, explaining that he was recovering from a football injury.

Football, he was asked? Since when do you play football?

Jeremy Thompson
Jeremy Thompson

Thompson, winner of 116 matches for the Elks, and 65 more for St. Cloud State, played varsity soccer and youth hockey here but no football after grade school.

“I joined the Granite City Renegades this summer,” said Thompson, 23, who helped run the ERO. “Guys on the (SCSU) team said I should try out. … I always thought I could play football. I’m quicker than most kids.”

It was a flaming star career: two big plays, then a knee injury.

In the Renegades’ Midwest Premier Football League opener May 4, the 5-foot-9, 155-pound athlete returned the opening kickoff 40 yards, then caught a pass for a 30-yard gain, against Twin Cities Rhinos, at St. John’s.

“I loved it,” Thompson said.

But it was not to be. He tore the right ACL on his right knee right after making that catch. He says he should have gone out of bounds but wanted to make that “big play.”

Thompson said football was a one-shot deal. Next summer he’ll be working on his master’s at North Dakota State.