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Devastation is now a $21M ‘dream’ for Seahawks 1st-round pick Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas doesn’t need a financial adviser to tell him what he should do with the $21.1 million, five-year contract — including $12.32 million guaranteed — that the Seattle Seahawks gave the 14th overall draft choice late Saturday night.
He doesn’t need to be reminded why, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says of Thomas, “he’s really serious about his football.”
The 21-year-old safety already has a large chunk destined for a new house for his parents, to replace the one destroyed in 2005 when hurricane Rita ripped through Orange, Texas.
Moving his parents out of a tiny bedroom in his grandparents’ place in Orange is the reason Thomas left the University of Texas two years early.
“It’s just a dream come true. I’m happy for my family and for the whole Orange, Texas, back home,” he said Sunday after his first practice of training camp.
Since the hurricane, his parents have lived cramped inside a tiny bedroom that Thomas says should be the living space for a small child. It’s inside Thomas’ grandparents house in Orange, a border town with Louisiana off Interstate 10 between Lake Charles and Beaumont. His grandfather is a pastor at the Sixth Street Community Church there.
Now, after years of his folks taking care of him, Thomas can begin taking care of them. His parents have already browsed the housing market in and around Orange. But now that their son’s deal is done, Thomas says shopping can turn into buying.

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