When he was a student at Paraclete, Darian Thompson studied all the religions of the world.
One of the most accomplished football alumni in Spirit history could come back to campus now as an authority on one of them.
Shannon Thompson’s son is convinced someone, somewhere, is sticking pins in a voodoo doll of him.
How else to explain the one injury after another that has bedeviled Thompson’s NFL career.
Officially, this is homecoming weekend for the onetime PHS star, who is listed on the Dallas Cowboys’ depth chart as the backup free safety to Xavier Woods for tonight’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
But Thompson was listed as inactive with a groin strain for the Cowboys’ first playoff win in four years last week over the Seattle Seahawks.
The forecast of heavy rain and a sloppy Coliseum track don’t make for encouragement, either.
Thompson was claimed off the practice squad of the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 8.
The Cardinals claimed him on waivers after the New York Giants, for whom DT made all 16 regular season starts in 2017, excised him in the final cutdown to 53 players on Labor Day weekend.
Thompson suffered a hamstring injury early in the Giants’ training camp that he never fully overcame.
From the 71st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Boise State, Thompson, 25, is now with his third NFL team in three seasons.
A foot injury scuttled most of Thompson’s rookie year. But he seemed to establish himself as strong safety Landon Collins’ wingman for Big Blue in 2017, making 75 tackles, breaking up six passes and registering an interception.
That was more like it for the former Boise State All-American, who was a perennial candidate for the Jim Thorpe, Bronco Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards during a stellar college career in Idaho.
Thompson’s 19 interceptions broke Eric Weddle’s Mountain West Conference record for career pickoffs.
Playing for Coach Norm Dahlia in 2010, Thompson put together a season for the ages at Paraclete.
He set school records with 52 catches for 953 yards and 13 touchdowns offensively, and intercepted seven passes on defense, returning two for touchdowns.
Shannon Thompson said it was her son’s dream since he was 7 to play in the NFL.
So a major moment will be realized when Darian comes out of the fabled Coliseum tunnel as an NFL player for the first time Saturday evening.
Perhaps the stars aligned on his Dallas Cowboys helmet will finally align the stars of good fortune for him.