"It's pretty remarkable," Thuney said. "In 2016, I was fortunate to get drafted by the Patriots, and I'm super stoked. I've kind of been taking it a day at a time from there, and I'm pretty fortunate to be here."
Thuney was a senior when Emanuel McGirt Jr., a current NC State senior offensive tackle, was a freshman.
Joe Thuney is preparing to start in his 3rd super bowl game in just his first 3 years in the league, becoming the first player in NFL history to do so... but to @PackFootball Emanuel McGirt he’s just a normal guy. @PackAthletics @JosephThuney @ABC11_WTVD https://t.co/gXFiU74Zf1 pic.twitter.com/qumCOdslqs— Bridget Condon (@BridgetABC11) January 31, 2019
McGirt said he looked up to Thuney as his backup and learned a lot from him.
He said he still follows Thuney and keeps in touch through Snapchat.