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Flames Feature: Getting to Know Richard Thom

September 27, 2007
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Liberty's Richard Thom

Liberty's Richard Thom

Senior Richard Thom has steadily seen his playing time increase each year since redshirting during the 2003 season. Last year, the Murrayville, Ga., native played in a career-high 11 games, serving as an important cog in Liberty's tight end rotation.

Used mostly in blocking schemes, Thom was one of several tight ends to aid in Liberty's stout running effort. Last year, the Flames rushed for 2,035 yards, the fifth-best mark in program history, which ranked No. 18 in the country.

Also a proud member of the program's special teams unit, Thom was the team's Special Teams Player of the Week against Glenville State in 2006. Liberty posted its second-straight win during the contest and held the Pioneers to 18.2 average yards per kickoff return.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Matthew 11:28-30. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." So many things in life can bring a person down, but people can have victory in Jesus Christ. He came and did something for us that we could not do for ourselves.

What is your favorite movie and why?
Braveheart - It is just a great movie, with a perfect blend of hardcore fighting and drama.

What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
During my true freshman year (2003), we were playing VMI and we were down by three or so touchdowns. We came back in the forth quarter and won the game. From then on, we called the game the "Miracle on the Mountain."

What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
Last season, we were playing Gardner-Webb, I was running down the field on the kickoff. I ran past the front line and was about to take on the block of the upback. I guess. I must have taken my eyes off the guy to look for the ball, because he lit me up. I was definitely seeing stars. The most embarrassing part was watching it on film the next week in front of the team and seeing myself stumble when I tried to get up after.

I came to Liberty because …
The Lord opened the door and closed many others. Three weeks before signing day, I had never even heard of Liberty. When I came on my official visit, I met two guys (Jay Cline and Sam Gado) who sold it to me and I have been thankful ever since.

Share something that people don't know about you?
I love music. I can go from listening to Jack Johnson, to Ray Charles, to Linkin Park, to David Crowder Band, to Kenny Chesney, to T.I., and so on. So far, I have not discovered a type of music that I do not like.

My first car was …
A ‘96 Nissan Pathfinder, which I miss greatly.

If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
I would be Peyton Manning, because I would like to see the game of football from his eyes and be able to understand it like he does.

Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
There are too many to name. Liberty has so many good athletes, and they are all great people and friends of mine. All the athletic programs have people I admire, but if I had to name one or two it would probably be my brother, Matt Lambros. I think the kid has a ton of talent, and I am thankful for his friendship. Kirstyn Sanders is a great volleyball player as well.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
My mom always tells me, "You do your best, and that is all you can do."

After graduation I would like to …
I plan on applying to physical therapy school and becoming a PT one day. My best friend and I want to open a joint gym and physical therapy clinic.

In my spare time, I like to …
Chill, hang out with friends, watch movies and work out.

If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
I would play one-on-one with LeBron James. I am actually older than him and it would be fun to see how well I could hold my own against him. He would kill me.

My craziest ambition in life is to …
I want to go into bodybuilding.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Nothing too significant. I will usually listen to music, pray and just try to relax.

A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
Scotland. Most of my ancestors came from Scotland, and that is where Braveheart was filmed.

I choose my uniform number because …
It was the first number ever given to me back in high school.

What are four or five things you could not live without?
The Bible, IPOD, Nike Watch and a Braves hat.