O.J. Thomason was not named after a famous football player.
No, his mother named him Omar Jamelle, partly because she liked the old movie star, Omar Sharif.
Maybe one day she thought her son would get his name up in lights.
Thomason didn’t hit the silver screen, but he did make a mark in the VHSL record book during his four-year football career at William Byrd.
Thomason set the VHSL all-time rushing record with 7,536 yards in 2000. He still holds it, but probably not for long.
Staunton River senior Grayson Overstreet needs 199 yards to surpass Thomason, who broke the record previously held by former Virginia and NFL star Terry Kirby.
Thomason never played football again following Byrd’s season-ending game in 2000 at Rockbridge County.
He planned to play football at Butler Community College in Kansas, but he didn’t stay in school.