DANVERS — In a special ceremony three Marines presented a Semper Fi All American Football Game jersey to St. John’s Prep senior running back Johnny Thomas, who will play at Penn State next year. Thomas had 762 yards in three and a half games before suffering a season-ending ACL tear against Everett.
He had been selected to play in both the Semper Fi All American Bowl in Carson, Calif., later this month and the All American Game in Orlando, Fla., on December 28.
“I’m going to the game in Orlando to be with the players and take part in the ceremony,” said Thomas. “I won’t be able to play, but I will get a chance to be part of it. My rehabilitation is progressing every day. I’m working hard, but I have to give the meniscus a chance to heal.”
The Semper Fi game recognizes the top players, who also display the characteristics of honor, courage, commitment, and hard work.
“This is such a nice honor for the Marines to come to St. John’s and do this for me,” said Thomas. “It’s a great honor to be recognized as one of the top players in the country.”
Thomas and his parents were recognized by the Marines at center court before the season opening basketball game between Classical and St. John’s, which the Eagles won 67-60.