Via SI.com a few years ago:
"Then I walked in and bench-pressed 225 [pounds] 29 times. I was pumped about that; others didn't get as many. Those Division I players are just like me; you've got to hit the weight room and work hard."
Despite his impressive workout -- his 29 reps at 225 pounds was tied for most among the 12 inside linebackers who participated in the combine drill -- Thompson said he remained in awe of his surroundings.
However, when West Texas had its Pro Day last week, Thompson felt a sense of isolationism -- even though coaches, scouts, media and well-wishing onlookers surrounded him.
"When I got through with my workout, I went over and talked to the media for a while," Thompson said. "And there were other guys still to work out, but no one was really interested in watching them. I thought, 'Man, there's some talent here.' We are Division II, but we have some players. ... But no one wanted to watch [the other players]."
Nonetheless, Thompson said he tries to keep his teammates focused on the dream of playing in the NFL. "It doesn't matter where you play," he said. "It's what you do," when you get the chance. "A lot of guys think, because it's D-II, the dream is over. I try to tell the guys, 'You've seen it happen to me.' It can happen for them, too."
"I was scared," he admitted, "because when he said 'you better not' he was clinching his fists!
"Then he started crying and went inside. ... A few minutes later his wife came out asking, 'What did you do to my husband?'
"I was nervous," Thompson said, "because they'd never seen him cry. ... The Combine was nothing like asking a dad for his daughter's hand."
"I told Pisa it was like we were already teammates," Chaun said. Every time we're on the road -- in Indianapolis and Kansas City -- we're roommates.
"It's good to know you've got at least one friend going in. We're all friendly and it's fun to be around those guys."
And what's not to be positive about? After a stellar four-year career at West Texas A&M, Chaun Thompson beat the small-school odds and received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Since then, it's been a blur of flights, hotel rooms and face-to-face interviews with potential employers.
"On Dec. 11, an AFC scout saw Chaun at 223 pounds run a 4.44" in the 40-yard dash, recalls Griffin. "We sent Chaun to San Diego to work out and then he turns up in Indianapolis at 240 pounds and still had his speed.
"It just goes to show that Chaun is willing to work at all costs for this, his dream. He added 20 pounds, kept his speed and he has 34 1/2-inch arms -- all of that is what teams find intriguing."