Earl Thomas doesn't need a financial adviser to tell him what he should do with the $21.1 million, five-year contract — including $12.32 million guaranteed — that the Seattle Seahawks gave the 14th overall draft choice late Saturday night.

He doesn't need to be reminded why, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says of Thomas, "he's really serious about his football."

The 21-year-old safety already has a large chunk destined for a new house for his parents, to replace the one destroyed in 2005 when hurricane Rita ripped through Orange, Texas.

Moving his parents out of a tiny bedroom in his grandparents' place in Orange is the reason Thomas left the University of Texas two years early.
"It's just a dream come true. I'm happy for my family and for the whole Orange, Texas, back home," he said Sunday after his first practice of training camp.

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