WELCOME TO 91KICK, the website of Tom Thompson, who, on November 14, 2009 at the age of 61, became the oldest player in NCAA history after scoring the extra point for Austin College’s only touchdown of the game against Trinity University.

Dr. Thompson is dedicated to helping others achieve their God-given dreams and their fitness goals.





Coach Ronnie Gage, M.E.D. and Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L with Alice Sullivan

Releases November 2019

In small-town Decatur, Texas, football was life. And Ronnie Gage couldn’t wait to become a Decatur Eagle. His football ability was decent, but he knew there wasn’t a big demand for a 150-pound center and safety, so he focused his career goals on the next best thing—coaching. This provided a way to give back to a sport, and a community, who had given him so much. 

Nearly 40 years later, after countless winning seasons and championships, Coach Gage found himself in a unique situation, coaching an unusual player. When Emmet (Tom) Thompson joined the Austin College football team as a spry 59-year-old kicker, Coach Gage had his doubts. But Thompson’s dedication and tenacity spoke for himself on the field, and the two men forged an unshakable friendship built on their three loves—faith, family, and football. 

In The Life Coach, Coach Gage shares the important life lessons he’s learned both on and off the field. Tom Thompson—kicking coach, author, and speaker—lends supporting anecdotes based on his many years in leadership roles. Together, they hope to inspire players and parents, coaches and crowds, to live a life of faith on and off the field, to make the most of every opportunity, and to have fun while doing it.


Expect the Best of Your Body, Mind, and Soul at Any Age

by Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L, & Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D

Divided into three sections―Body, Mind, and Spirit―Get a Kick out of Life includes tips on goal setting and intentionality, physical fitness and nutrition, finding your purpose, developing deeper relationships with family and friends, and offers suggestions for ditching the “bucket list” for something even better.


CBN.com w/ Tom Thompson

In November 2009, Tom Thompson became the oldest person ever to play football in NCAA history.  Suiting up for the Austin College Kangaroos, the then 61 year old earned gridiron glory when he successfully kicked a PAT (point after touchdown) against Trinity University. But the big question was why did he do it?  

"I love this book. It is a real Chicken Soup for the Soul story of overcoming obstacles and going for your dream...no matter what. Highly recommended." –   Jack Canfield  ,  author of  Chicken Soup for the Soul.

"I love this book. It is a real Chicken Soup for the Soul story of overcoming obstacles and going for your dream...no matter what. Highly recommended." – Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

KICK START (Updated and Expanded Edition)

By Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L, with Alice Sullivan

Like many of us, Tom Thompson felt as though he couldn't catch a break. With obstacles and setbacks from a very early age, including growing up in a broken home and the early death of his father, he struggled to find meaning and purpose. As an adult with no real plan, his self-absorbed lifestyle led to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries. It seemed to be one thing after another. Was this how life was meant to be lived? 

Along the way, Tom’s life intersected with and was influenced by an assortment of fascinating characters including martial arts champion and legend, Chuck Norris, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and president of the United States, George W. Bush. And in time, Tom found his faith, his purpose, and his soul-mate. 

His is a remarkable story of stamina, determination, and of overcoming the odds to become the first over-60 NCAA football player. And his example will inspire the reader to Kick Start their life at any age.

This updated and expanded edition of Kick Start contains a new chapter on Goal Setting, including tips for intentionality, exploring the link between goal setting and physical fitness, and on ditching the “bucket list” for something even better.

Written by Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson, II, with Alice Sullivan.

Kick Start (Updated and Expanded Edition) is now available at Amazon.com. 

Tom Thompson named brand ambassador for Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce!

Author, professor, motivator and NCAA record breaker, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, has been tapped as the official brand ambassador for Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce. The classic Texas hot sauce features a unique smoky flavor with just the right amount of heat. Read the full story here.

Tom's record-breaking kick!

Watch Tom Thompson kick an extra point for Austin College at the young age of 61. (video on the right)

Tom Thompson becomes the oldest player to score in a college football game (11/14/09) by kicking an extra point for Austin College at the age of 61.