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J.T. Thomas III (born August 15, 1988) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at West Virginia.

J. T. Thomas III
Free agent
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 31)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Blanche Ely
(Pompano Beach, Florida)
College:West Virginia
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles:158
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Professional careerEdit

Chicago BearsEdit

On July 27, 2011, the Bears signed Thomas to a 4-year contract. Thomas was eventually placed on injured reserve due to a hip problem. In the 2012 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Thomas forced LaVon Brazill to fumble, and Kelvin Hayden recovered the loose ball.[2]

On August 31, 2013, Thomas was among the final cuts by the Bears.[3]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 1, 2013.[4]

New York GiantsEdit

On March 10, 2015, Thomas signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the New York Giants.[5][6] On December 31, 2015, Thomas was placed on injured reserve.[7]

On September 12, 2016, Thomas was placed on injured reserve after he suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.[8]

On September 28, 2017, Thomas was once again placed on injured reserve after suffering a groin injury in Week 2.[9] He was released with an injury settlement on November 28, 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas has a brother named Jared who has autism. Thomas is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and was initiated through the Nu Zeta chapter at WVU. Thomas attended Blanche Ely High School, where he was teammates with Patrick Peterson.[10]

He gained some national media attention for taking a disabled eighth grade girl in Morgantown, West Virginia to her 8th grade dance on Friday, May 20, 2011.[11][12] He received more national attention after he gave a 14-year-old boy with epilepsy tickets to Super Bowl XLVI, with Thomas also attending the game.[13]


  1. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Jennings plays takeaway in Bears victory". Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Biggs, Brad (August 31, 2013). "Bears waive LB Thomas to reach roster limit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Stites, Adam (September 1, 2013). "Jaguars claim LB J.T. Thomas, according to report". SB Nation. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Schefter, Adam. "Former Jaguars LB JT Thomas reached agreement with Giants". Twitter. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Eisen, Michael (March 11, 2015). "Giants sign RB Shane Vereen; announce Free Agent signings". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Giants sign 2 players after LB J.T. Thomas and long snapper Danny Aiken head to injured reserve". Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Giants place LB J.T. Thomas on IR".
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 28, 2017). "Giants make roster moves, place J.T. Thomas on IR".
  10. ^ "Thomas arrested in West Virginia". February 13, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "Bears draft pick makes 8th-grader's day". May 21, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  12. ^ Wright, Michael C. "Thomas makes fan's dream come true". Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  13. ^ Jemele Hill (February 7, 2012). "Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas gives the life-changing gift of a Super Bowl - ESPN". Retrieved August 4, 2012.

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