Norman’s Cole Thompson – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by Republic Bank & Trust

By Rachelle Rogers

Doing well academically comes with wisdom. Cole Thompson, the Division I commit to Oklahoma State University, knows this well. He has a 3.5 GPA and he’s figured out how to balance between being an excellent athlete and student. 

“I hate homework and I hate being behind. It gives me anxiety,” states Cole. “It’s always been the goal to get my work done in class so after football practice I can come home and rest.”

Cole plays linebacker for the Norman Tigers. He grew up playing basketball, football and track and always thought he’d end up in basketball. He decided he really liked getting to hit people while having fun with his friends at the same time. After some encouragement from his football coaches, he decided to focus on football a few years ago and as junior racked up 125 tackles. 

As a senior, Cole is looking forward to the first game of the season against rival, Norman North and getting to play on Owen Field, the home of the Sooners. 

“I feel like there’s a weight lifted off my shoulders, this is my last year and I know where I’m going to end up after high school, so I just want to go win state and have fun with my friends.”

Family is important to Cole, but no one has left a bigger impact on him than his grandma, who has passed away. 

“She was my best friend and loved me the most,” says Cole.

In the summer of 2018, Cole had the opportunity to serve in Guatemala with Council Road Baptist Church helping to build onto a hospital maternity ward and to minister in some of the surrounding areas.  Cole plans to get a degree while playing football at OSU and start a career in the Medical Field.