Lax Star Jeremy Thompson: Playing With Brothers, Staying Off 'Black Road'
The Iroquois Nationals will return to the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships for the first time in eight years with a lineup that looks like a Thompson family reunion.
On July 10-19 in Commerce City, Colorado, five Thompsons will play on the Nationals roster — Tewaaraton Award co-winners Lyle and Miles, along with their older brothers Jeremy and Haina, and their cousin, Ty. And if that’s not enough, their father Jerome Sr. is on the coaching staff.
“It’s how we were brought up, doing our thing together as a family,” Jeremy told ICTMN. “Eventually we went off on our own paths. For us, this is about reuniting... That was one of our dreams as youngsters, to play together, and we’re going to get that chance this summer.”
Jeremy was the first in the family to play NCAA Division I lacrosse. He was a two-time All-American at Syracuse University and finished as the highest scoring midfielder.
He was also the first to play professionally. Thompson was selected in the first round (sixth overall) by the Hamilton Nationals in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. He was also picked in the second round (10th overall) in the 2011 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
The 27-year-old midfielder, who is in his third season with the Edmonton Rush, is a finalist for the 2014 NLL Transition Player of the Year award. He scored nine goals and 17 points last season and finished fourth in the league in both face-offs won (235) and face-off percentage (.540).
But the biggest transition he made was in his personal life. There was a time when it all could have come crashing down around him. The PBS documentary Medicine Game: Two Brothers, One Dream, was in progress and he and Haina were just starting to get some recognition for their lacrosse.
But with peer pressure, adolescent rebellion, and alcoholism all around—he started drinking, and took off the down the “black road” around the age of 15—Jeremy was fighting a bigger battle: Alcoholism.
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