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Family Ties Bring NFL Star to Event

Posted: July 10, 2019

As an orthopedic technician and medical assistant for NorthBay Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Shannon Thompson has seen first-hand the impact of injuries on people of all ages and athletic ability.

Such knowledge might make some moms a little uneasy to have a son playing in the NFL, but not Shannon. Like her son, Darian Thompson, defensive safety with the Dallas Cowboys, she’s made of tougher stuff than that.

“I do worry about injuries while he plays in the NFL as well as when he was growing up. But injuries can arise with playing any sport,” she said. “My medical knowledge has helped me with all my children and their sports as we can better prepare to prevent injuries.”

Making sure local student athletes are prepared for competition and preventing health problems is at the heart of why Darian will come to Vacaville July 13 and be on hand to sign autographs and take photos with students who show up for free physical exams being offered by NorthBay Healthcare. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the VacaValley Wellness Center, 1020 Nut Tree Road.

Shannon, who has been with NorthBay a little more than a year, plans to volunteer, too.

With Darian being in Dallas it makes it difficult to see him all the time, she noted. “He is married to his high school sweetheart and has two beautiful children, so I always make the time to go out there to visit or they come stay with me during the off season for a nice period of time,” she said. “And I go to several of the games where I get to visit with him before and after the games.”

His visit for the free physicals event will be a short trip, as Darian will have training camp beginning a few days afterward.

Shannon raised Darian and three siblings in Lancaster. Darian went on to Boise State for college on a football scholarship. He was drafted to the New York Giants in 2016. In October 2018 he was signed by the Cowboys.

Shannon is proud of the man her son has become. While she loves to watch him play, she’s also proud of his future plans after the NFL.

“He has a real heart for kids. When Darian is done with his NFL career, he wants to coach high school football in the inner city,” she explained. “He wants to help make a difference in children’s lives that don’t have the best home life or the best family support.”