Eddie Lee Ivery, perhaps one of the most well known names in Thomson, graduated from THS in 1975. As a Beta Club member and MVP of both basketball and football, Coach Ivery realized that many colleges, including Florida State, University of South Carolina, University of South California, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech wanted him to play for them.
Coach Ivery chose to attend Georgia Tech. When asked why, he responded, "I thought Tech was the best school for me to further my education and it would give me the best opportunity to display my talents as a football player. He displayed his talents in a match against the Air Force Falcons on a cold and snowy day in Colorado Springs, CO. Even in the 40-below temperature, Coach Ivery set a new NCAA rushing record of 356 yards. He received his team's MVP award later in 1978.
Coach Ivey's outstanding record at Georgia Tech resulted in recognition by the pros.
In August 1979, the Green Bay Packers drafted him. One of the games he distinctly recalls was between Green Bay and the Minnesota Vikings.
"It was a cold and snowy day, reminding me of the game against Air Force when I was at Tech. Gerry Ellis [the other running back] and I each had over 100 yards rushing, which had not happened in a long time for Green Bay."
In 1982, Coach Ivery was second in the NFC scoring TD, and a year later, in 1983, he received a new contract that would allow him to play up to 9 years in the NFL.
After his career in the NFL, Coach Ivery returned to Georgia Tech to complete his bachelor of science degree and graduated in 1992. After employment at Georgia Tech as a strength coordinator for a number of years, Coach Ivery found his way back to his hometown of Thomson, where he now works with students at the new McDuffie Achievement Center.