I should have known that whenever Devin Thomas is playing a prominent role in the outcome of an important football game, his contributions aren't quite what they seem. Thomas, the Giants special teamer (and former receiving bust for the Redskins), recovered both of 49er return man Kyle Williams' fumbles in the NFC title game. Those two fumbles provided the Giants with ten critical points and left Williams forever branded as one of the biggest goats in playoff history.
Thomas told Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi that the secret to getting Williams to fumble was the fact that Williams had suffered concussions and needed to be hit:
“He’s had a lot of concussions. We were just like, ‘We gotta put a hit on that guy,’ ” Thomas said. “(Tyler) Sash did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it up.”
Now, given all that we know about concussions, and all the stories that have come out about retired NFL ...