IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Tyson Thompson #28 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Denver Broncos on November 24, 2005 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys in overtime 24-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Thompson played with Dallas for three seasons, from 2005 to 2007. After leaving San Jose State after his junior season, Thompson went undrafted. But, as the feel-good story of 2005 training camp (in the style of Kevin Ogletree last season, kind of), the local impressed coaches with his speed, eventually earning a spot on the 53-man roster.
2005, it's safe to say, remains the height of Thompson's professional career. He set team records for kick returns (57) and return yardage (1,399). In Week 5, Thompson won Rookie of the Week honors for his work in a 33-10 victory over Philadelphia.
In 2006 and -07, Thompson played a less significant role (in 2006 he was injured in week 8), and he was not tendered a contract after the 2007 season.
Thompson spent 2008 out of football, before signing with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the upstart UFL in 2009. He was released by the team shortly before the season began.
The IFL begins training camp in just under three weeks.