Tedric Thompson didn't necessarily have a favorite NFL team growing up. Residing in the Los Angeles-area, the former Colorado safety who the Seahawks selected with the No. 111 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft found himself rooting for the Raiders by default.
"Growing up I was just a Raiders fan because my family were Raiders fans," Thompson said.
There was one NFL player from the Seahawks, however, who Thompson did keep close tabs on.
"Guys I always look up to, I would say Earl Thomas, I even grew up watching him play," Thompson said. "It's crazy because a couple years ago he was like my laptop background, one of the backgrounds for my phone and stuff like that, so I'd say Earl Thomas, the way he reacts in the middle of the field. I'd say he's probably the best safety in the NFL right now.
"Just the way he reads quarterbacks and the emotion he plays with when he gets on the field, and how he knows how to lead his team," Thompson added of what attracted him to Area 29. "You can watch him and feel the energy he brings to not just the defense, but just the entire team."
On top of his affinity for Thomas' game, here's 12 more things to know about Thompson, the Seahawks' fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.
Thompson: "Everybody calls me Ted. That was my nickname growing up, through Colorado and everything. Growing up everybody called me Ted."
2. College Major?
Thompson: "I'm always playing video games. I'm always playing [NBA] 2K, I'm always playing Call of Duty. That's probably my biggest hobby, is playing video games, playing online and things like that."
4. Favorite Video Game?
Thompson: "Definitely [NBA] 2K."
5. Projected Madden Rating?
Thompson:"I haven't even thought about it to be honest. Hopefully it's good, though. Hopefully at least somewhere in the 70s I'd be happy with."
6. Favorite T.V. Show?
Thompson: "Favorite T.V. show is definitely Martin, with Martin Lawrence. He had his own T.V. show back in the 90s. That and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are probably my two favorite T.V. shows."
7. Favorite Movie?
Thompson: "Off the top of my head I'll say The Wood, with Omar Epps."
8. Actor Who Would Play You In A Movie?
Thompson: "I'd say Will Smith. I'd like to see Will Smith play me in a movie."
9. Favorite Non-NFL Team Growing Up?
Thompson: "I'm from L.A., so I love the Los Angeles Lakers. That's my team. Kobe Bryant's my favorite basketball player."
10. Favorite Food?
Thompson: "That's hard, too, because my mom is a good cook. I'll say, off the top of my head, chicken wings and the shrimp pasta she makes, definitely one of those."
11. Favorite Superhero?
Thompson: "I'd probably say Batman. I used to grow up always watching Batman. I started wearing black because I watched a lot of Batman growing up, and I still wear a lot of black because of Batman, so I'll say Batman."
12. Best Advice You've Ever Received?
Thompson: "I think growing up my mom and my grandma always told me something simple, that was to be myself and always keep my faith. So I think being myself and not stepping outside my character for any situation or anybody, that's one of them. Then they always told me to keep my faith no matter how high or high low I'm going through life always keep my faith in God because he got me through everything. I think those are the two biggest things."
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