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Henry Thomas (American football)


Henry Thomas (American football)

Henry Thomas
No. 97, 98, 95
Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-01-12) January 12, 1965
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Eisenhower
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Debuted in 1987
Last played in 2000
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 1,007
Sacks 93.5
Touchdowns 4
Stats at
Stats at

Henry Thomas (born January 12, 1965) is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played for the Minnesota Vikings for most of his career. His nickname was Hardware Hank. A third-round pick by the Vikings out of LSU, Thomas was a part of the Vikings feared front four of the late 1980s and early 1990s including John Randle, Keith Millard, Al Noga, and Chris Doleman. Famed for his sideways three-point stance, Thomas twice was selected to the Pro Bowl. He followed Vikings' defensive line coach John Teerlinck to the Detroit Lions in 1995, where he played two seasons, before finishing his career with four seasons with the New England Patriots.

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