BY JASON KERSEY

Peyton Manning's MasterCard commercials notwithstanding, grocery store employees typically make it through work days without customers' fawning.

Cody Thomas, though, isn't your average cashier, which is why he recently found himself standing behind his register, posed in his throwing motion and gripping a watermelon like a football for a star-struck customer's photograph.

“It was funny,” the Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback remembered with a laugh.

While the two-sport star — who will sign Wednesday to play football at Oklahoma — balances football workouts and the start of his senior baseball season, Thomas will also continue bagging groceries, running the cash register and stocking shelves at the local Tom Thumb store.


Thomas stunned OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel during a recent in-home visit with the revelation that he's worked part-time jobs throughout high school.

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