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Henry Lee Thomas Jr. (born January 12, 1965) is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). His nickname was "Hardware Hank."[1] He played for the Minnesota Vikings for the first eight seasons of his career. He attended Louisiana State University, where he played college football for the LSU Tigers football team. Thomas twice was selected to the Pro Bowl. He joined the Detroit Lions in 1995, where he played two seasons, before finishing his career with four seasons with the New England Patriots.[2]

Henry Thomas
No. 97, 98, 95
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1965-01-12) January 12, 1965 (age 54)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Houston (TX) Eisenhower
NFL Draft:1987 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at


  1. ^ "Interview With 14 Year NFL Veteran Henry Thomas". Detroit Lions Pro. November 21, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Henry Thomas NFL Football Statistics". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 16, 2016.