Thomas is becoming a star in Chicago, but he hardly feels comfortable in the spotlight. While watching Michigan play Michigan State last Saturday, he curled up on a recliner in the basement of his five-bedroom suburban home and talked about how he would rather crash in front of his 70-inch television after games than party or do interviews. He and Terrell, another former Wolverine, have spent many fall Saturday afternoons together in that basement checking out their old college teammates and discussing the frustrations that come with being NFL rookies.
"We would sit here and think about all the things we had done in college," says Thomas. "Then we would question how we were being used here."
Those times apparently are over for Thomas, but Terrell is still trying to find his niche. After exchanging hugs with general manager Jerry Angelo in the locker room on Sunday, Terrell told his boss that he would like to see the ball more. The eighth player taken in the draft, Terrell has the potential to become the team's best playmaker at wide receiver. (Against the 49ers he caught two touchdown passes.) Until then he will have to savor his victory guarantee and the stunning way the Bears backed it up.
"I still can't believe it," said Browns safety Devin Bush. "We came into their place and handled them, but they squeezed their way out of it."