Two years after making history as the oldest player to ever participate in a college football game, former Austin College football player Tom Thompson's Kangaroo jersey has been put on display in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

AC player’s jersey
put in Hall of Fame

Two years after making history as the oldest player to ever participate in a college football game, former Austin College football player Tom Thompson’s Kangaroo jersey has been put on display in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

Thompson took the field in 2009, kicking an extra point against Trinity University at the age of 61. His record was broken this year by Alan Moore of Faulkner University, who also appeared in a game at the age of 61 but was a few months older than Thompson at the time of his participation.

This fall, the College Football Hall of Fame announced it would be putting the jerseys of Moore, Thompson, and Ed Barretto of Ashland University, who appeared in a game in 1997 at age 60, in a display of the oldest student-athletes in college football history. It was Barretto’s record that Thompson broke in 2009.

“I didn’t come to Austin College for any records,” Thompson said. “What I got was a great life experience.”

The idea to return to football after more than 40 years came to Thompson when he saw reports about 59-year-old Mike Flint, who earned a spot as a linebacker and special teams player for Sul Ross State University.