Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas is making use of an NFL Players Association program to explore a new avenue in his work on social justice issues.

Thomas will spend his spring working for Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, according to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel.

"I'm excited for this externship because it gives me the opportunity to connect with Congress to further engage our efforts to create real change in our communities," said Thomas.

Thomas has been one of the league's most active players in the kneeling demonstrations during the national anthem, and credits his involvement for inspiring a potential post-playing career in law or politics.

"It's not every day you get to learn from hands-on experience at this level of politics," Thomas said. "I am afforded this opportunity, and I am here to learn as much as I can while representing those who may feel voiceless in our communities."

The 28-year-old Thomas has started 25 games for the Dolphins over his five seasons in the league, and has also served as special teams captain for the past two years. He's set to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career on March 14.

Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Cole Toner and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann are also working on Capitol Hill in the early part of the offseason.

A total of 41 past and present players are involved in this year's NFLPA program.

Copyright © 2018 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.