Football fans know Dyshawn Thomas can chuck a football with the best of them. He’s a former Most Valuable Player in the Great Midwest Football League, playing quarterback for the Beloit Titans.
What you may not know is that he’s also a pretty fair bowler.
In fact, Thomas has flirted with a 300 game on more than one occasion, including a 298 last year, a 285 earlier this season and “a bunch of 279 games.”
Bowling in the recent Beloit City Team Tournament, Thomas finally celebrated his first perfect game. The 300 came in his first game at Viking Lanes.
“As soon as I did it I turned around and I fell to my knees,” Thomas said. “It was overwhelming. I shed a tear, too. When you’re a bowler, that’s what you shoot for. And for me to be so close and to finally seal the deal, it was emotional.”
Thomas said he had a feeling he was going to have a good day when he rolled five straight strikes in practice. Then came a dozen in a row in game one and he began his second game with four more.
“I bowl league at Viking on Saturday and I thought the shot was even better than for league,” said Thomas, who rolled a Storm Frantic he went to this year. “It was 10 up and 10 down. The ball was hitting so good.”
Thomas said he has had an on-going bet with buddy Byron Vance over who would be the first to roll a 300 game.
“After I got my seventh strike I texted Byron,” Thomas said. “I texted him after every strike after that. He texted that he was on his way to the bowling alley, but he didn’t get there in time to see my last strike.”
How’s that for providing a little self-induced pressure? Thomas went on to roll a 240 his second game and finished up with a 214.
The 32-year-old was a bit of a late bloomer as a football star and he’s definitely a late-bloomer on the lanes. He didn’t start bowling in leagues until six years ago.
The Storm Frantic has been good to him. He averaged 195 last season. Using the new ball, he’s averaging 205 on Friday nights at Rex Lanes and 209 Saturday at Viking.
As far as his football career is concerned, Thomas had hoped to play quarterback with the Beloit Titans again this summer.
“We tried to bring the Titans back, but didn’t get the turnout we were hoping for,” Thomas said. “I think I’m going to play for the Rockford Rams. It’s a nice team and I like the direction they’re going.”