It was what he did following the injury that made most of the headlines, however. Seahawks reporter Terry Blount says the salute was directed toward the Seattle sideline (you can see it here).
After a lengthy and contentious holdout during the offseason to get a new contract, Earl Thomas relented and returned to the Seahawks secondary to start the season.
Much like Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, Thomas wanted either a long-term deal to give him some long-term security or he wanted a trade out of Seattle. The Seahawks countered by standing pat, apparently risking losing Thomas at the end of the 2018 season without any real compensation, or worse, losing him earlier with an injury. "I really think that, I know there's been a lot of talk about it, people that are criticizing whatever happened don't understand". This was an earth-shattering moment for a kid.
"He knew exactly what had happened to him".
Kicker Phil Dawson pushed a 45-yard field goal try wide right with less than two minutes left, and Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted his own 52-yard field goal as the Seahawks beat the Cardinals on the final play Sunday at State Farm Stadium, 20-17. "This is a very, very hard moment that most people wouldn't understand what that was all about".