Jim Thomas (gridiron football)
Jim "Long Gone" Thomas (December 18, 1938 – October 4, 2015) was an American gridiron football player and coach. He played professionally as a running back for nine seasons in the Canadian Football League CFL) with the Edmonton Eskimos. Thomas ran for 6,161 yards in his CFL career and was a two-time CFL All-Star. He signed to the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) in 1970 for a five-game trial, but returned to Edmonton.
|No. 12, 14, 20, 23|
|Born:||December 18, 1938|
|Died:||October 4, 2015 (aged 76)|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|College||Mississippi Industrial College|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1966, 1967|
|CFL West All-Star||1965, 1966, 1967|
Thomas holds the record for the three longest rushing touchdowns in Eskimos history—a 104-yard run on October 9, 1965 against the BC Lions, a 100-yard run on August 2, 1966 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and a 97-yard run on September 4, 1964 against the Ottawa Rough Riders.
After his playing career was over, Thomas earned a master's degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He coached in college at Southwestern Oklahoma State and the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as well as Noxubee County High School, Houston High School, and in Memphis before winding up at Mississippi Valley State University.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (1978–1979)|
|1978||Mississippi Valley State||6–3–1||3–2–1||3rd|
|1979||Mississippi Valley State||4–5||2–4||5th|
|Mississippi Valley State:||10–8–1||5–6–1|
- Long Gone Really Gone
- CFL loses two Stars to Los Angeles Rams
- Surprising Lions out after 4th Straight
- Smith, Slim (October 8, 2015). "Columbus loses a football legend". The Commercial Dispatch. Columbus, Mississippi. Retrieved December 11, 2018.