Chiefs center Casey Wiegmann is putting his time off before training camp to good use. He was in Parkersburg, Iowa to honor his late high school football coach Ed Thomas.
“I was into my senior year and I was working at this lumberyard,” Wiegmann, former Aplington-Parkersburg graduate and now back as center with the Kansas City Chiefs. “I hated it. Halfway through the summer, I went in and told Coach I was going to quit. He looked at me and said, ‘if you quit on this one thing in life, you’ll quit on a lot of other things.’”
Wiegmann joined dozens of other former players, current and former assistant coaches and family members for the First Annual Ed Thomas Family Foundation Golf Classic at Legend Trail Golf Club in Parkersburg.
Thomas was an unofficial face of the Aplington-Parkersburg community after a deadly EF-5 tornado swept through on May 25, 2008. With so many homes and school facilities destroyed, Thomas helped rally the community in the following months.
His own family would need that same support after a former player shot and killed Thomas on June 24, 2009 in the school’s weight room.
Ed Thomas’ son Aaron said Saturday’s golf outing will also serve as gratitude for the nearby communities that stood by Parkersburg during the difficult two years.
The foundation stresses a theme of “Faith, Family and Football”. Thomas said some of the immediate goals are to offer coaching clinics in the area and provide bibles for local church camps.
After the terrible circumstances surrounding his death, it’s great to see Wiegmann and the rest of the community rally to support the foundation that will preach the values Ed Thomas stood for.