He's always served as a backup, recording no sacks and just one forced fumble in his six NFL seasons. But he's been around long enough for the folks at Electronic Arts to acknowledge his existence.
So Thomas was predictably fired up when he got his copy of Madden 13 and found himself on there -- only with another Marcus Thomas' face. (Sidebar: I would argue that's better than being left out of the game entirely...)
The Marcus Thomas on the right is definitely not the Marcus Thomas you see below. That Marcus Thomas was a standout at UTEP who hasn't been on an NFL roster since 2009.
To remedy the situation, Thomas took to Twitter to air his greivances. Credit to Gawker blog Kotaku for collecting the following stream of tweets, some of which appear to have been taken down.
@MarcusThomas_79 "the creators of madden needs to b slapped for putting an imposter pic in place of me that's not me for the last time I don't look like that"
@MarcusThomas_79 "I been in the nfl going on 6years and y'all still hav another mans face for my pic on madden i hate y'all hate is very strong but I do"
@MarcusThomas_79 "Madden is disrespectful practice your craft and make it realistic I'm in newyork now help me please someone call madden and tell him lol"
@MarcusThomas_79 "I'm serious but I'm not Naw I'm serious they been try n me for 4 years"
@MarcusThomas_79 "How y'all gone hav my pic rookie season and then change it to a completely dif person for ds rest of my career"
@MarcusThomas_79 "Man im angry now u right madden is very unprofessional"
@MarcusThomas_79 "dear mr @EAMaddenNFL i com to you humbly sir. Can u please put the right photo of me on the madden it's been 6years not lol maybe a giggle"
@MarcusThomas_79 "I did it but I have a feeling he will be to busy to read it smh"
If you're still with me, there's a happy ending. Donny Moore, a Madden content producer, reached out to Thomas through Twitter: @MarcusThomas_79 Sincere apologies Mr. Thomas, we will have this picture removed for next update...It is the UTEP Marcus Thomas.
So it's going to be fixed after all. And we'll all finally be able to sleep well again.