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Who Is Andrew Thomas? An Offensive Lineman With a Beat

A clip from a story in the NYTimes – General Manager Dave Gettleman swoons over “hog mollies” — his nomenclature for enormous offensive linemen — and that, no doubt, is a priority for him as he builds around quarterback Daniel Jones. In Andrew Thomas, the Giants have their hog molly. Thomas did nothing but perform at Georgia. He won freshman all-American honors after starting all 15 games at right tackle his first season. He shifted to left tackle his sophomore year and was named to the all-Southeastern Conference team. He started 13 games at left tackle and was named a first-team all-American this season.

He takes his inspiration from music, having grown up playing drums. As with music, where he gained confidence through thousands of repetitions, Thomas found comfort in the mundane. The more he practiced, he recognized, the better he would get.

On the precipice of his N.F.L. career, Thomas still draws on his musical background. “It’s the same thing in football,” he said. “Something may happen that’s unexpected, and how well you respond can change the end of the game.”