Football’s Thomas McBride Inks National Letter of Intent with Mercer University

MACON, Ga. – The third member of FPD’s Class of 2017 will be playing at the collegiate level next fall.

On Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, senior center Thomas McBride signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Mercer University in the fall at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on FPD’s campus.

For McBride, the opportunity to play at the next level is a dream come true.

“This is a very exciting day,” McBride said. “It’s something that has been coming for a long time. It’s taken a lot of work and help from many people to get to this day and I’m just excited to put pen to paper and make it official.”

Head coach Greg Moore noticed the work ethic McBride set forth throughout the years while playing for the Vikings.

“This is a realization of a lot of dreams come true,” Moore said. “Thomas has spent the last two years as our starting center and his greatest attribute has been his hard work. There’s a lot that goes into getting a chance like this (to sign somewhere).

“There are some things as a player you can’t control,” Moore added. “But Thomas took care of things that he could control such as putting in the hard work to become a better player, being in the weight room and doing well in the classroom. It’s good to see him get to do what he’s doing today.”

McBride served as a team captain in 2016 and earned All-Region 7 honors during his stint at FPD.

He also has earned All-State nods from the Georgia Sportswriters Association and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Macon Telegraph named McBride to the All-Middle Georgia Team.

As a starting center, he also played in the National Preps Senior Elite All-Star Game in Atlanta this past year.

“This an end and a beginning,” McBride said. “Everything has come to fruition through the hard work I’ve put in and it’s the beginning of college and something that I am looking forward to.”

Added McBride: “When I transferred to FPD in the ninth grade it was one of the best decisions I ever made. FPD has always felt like home and they have always given me the opportunity to do anything I’ve wanted to do. Without FPD, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be signing today.”

Mercer, a member of the Southern Conference in NCAA DI, finished the 2016 season at 6-5 overall.

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