His father towers over him, as do his two older brothers, but Trayce Thompson jokes that this is by design. As a boy, he visualized barreling through an offensive line, not spotting up at the three-point line.
In his childhood obsession, he altered his diet because "he wanted to stunt his growth so he could be running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers one day," his brother Klay said.
Trayce Thompson revered Jerome Bettis and studied his statistics. He sought to transform himself into a carbon copy, a 5-foot-11, 255-pound terror. One glance at his father, Mychal, demonstrated the difficulty of his dream.
"It didn't take a scientist to see my dad was 6 feet...