NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - Thirty-nine former college football standouts will play for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team in the fourth International Federation of American Football Senior World Championship.
One of the 39 was born in northeast Arkansas and carries a unique story along with pigskin talent.
Da'Shawn Thomas was born in Newport in 1987, but grew up in Georgia. He played with a semi-pro team in 2007, rushing for 1,200 yards. The performance caught the attention of CFL scouts. The Toronto Argonauts signed him to the practice roster in 2008 and was released in 2009. Thomas enrolled at the University of Western Ontario and played for the Mustangs.
Two SEMO alums are also on the World Championship roster. Dierks native Ben McLaughlin will also play on the national team. The tournament will be played July 8th-16th in Austria.
U.S. Men's National Team roster: