Super Bowl Bound Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas Has Stockton, Lodi Roots

STOCKTON (CBS13) — Julius Thomas never played a down of high school football, and only played a season of college football. But the Stockton native has a date with destiny at Super Bowl XLVIII as a member of the Denver Broncos.

Growing up, Julius had always played basketball, even earning McDonald’s All-American status. All the neighbors knew him.

“I could tell in the way he was going in live he was going to be somebody,” a neighbor said. “He was always determined.”

That determination played a role in the Broncos tight-end’s breakout year. He had 65 catches for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns—including Peyton Manning’s record-setting 51st touchdown pass.

Thomas was also named to this Sunday’s Pro Bowl, but his plans in New York the next week will keep him from playing.

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