J. T. Thomas (linebacker)
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. He played college football at West Virginia.
|Born:||August 15, 1988|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||236 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Blanche Ely|
(Pompano Beach, Florida)
|NFL Draft:||2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
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.
On August 31, 2013, Thomas was among the final cuts by the Bears.
New York GiantsEdit
On September 28, 2017, Thomas was once again placed on injured reserve after suffering a groin injury in Week 2. He was released with an injury settlement on November 28, 2017.
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.
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. 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.
- "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- Mayer, Larry. "Jennings plays takeaway in Bears victory". Chicagobears.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
- Biggs, Brad (August 31, 2013). "Bears waive LB Thomas to reach roster limit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
- Stites, Adam (September 1, 2013). "Jaguars claim LB J.T. Thomas, according to report". SB Nation. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
- Schefter, Adam. "Former Jaguars LB JT Thomas reached agreement with Giants". Twitter. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Eisen, Michael (March 11, 2015). "Giants sign RB Shane Vereen; announce Free Agent signings". Giants.com. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Giants sign 2 players after LB J.T. Thomas and long snapper Danny Aiken head to injured reserve". NJ.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
- "Giants place LB J.T. Thomas on IR".
- Eisen, Michael (September 28, 2017). "Giants make roster moves, place J.T. Thomas on IR". Giants.com.
- "Thomas arrested in West Virginia". Chicagobears.com. February 13, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- "Bears draft pick makes 8th-grader's day". Articles.chicagotribune.com. May 21, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- Wright, Michael C. "Thomas makes fan's dream come true". Espn.go.com. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- Jemele Hill (February 7, 2012). "Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas gives the life-changing gift of a Super Bowl - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved August 4, 2012.