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David Thomas (American football)

David Thomas
No. -- Free agent
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-07-05) July 5, 1983
Place of birth: Plainview, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Wolfforth (TX) Frenship
College: Texas
NFL draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions: 102
Receiving Yards: 938
Touchdowns: 8
Stats at

John David Thomas (born July 5, 1983) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New England Patriots of the National Football League in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and also played for the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Texas.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • New England Patriots 3.1
    • New Orleans Saints 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Thomas attended Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas, and helped Frenship reach the state semi-finals in its division in 2000. Thomas excelled at linebacker, running back and tight end for the Tigers, leading to speculation about what his role would be as a college player. After a heated recruiting battle with Texas Tech University, the University of Texas secured a commitment from Thomas to play tight end for the Longhorns.

College career

At Texas, Thomas broke school records for receptions, touchdowns, and yards by a tight end, as well as for receptions in a single game. He was also a candidate for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end, and for the Draddy Trophy, for academic merit by a student athlete. In both 2004 and 2005 Thomas was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for accomplishments in the classroom. Long a favorite of quarterback Vince Young, Thomas played a prominent role in the Longhorn's 41-38 National Championship upset of then #1 USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl, hauling in a game-high 10 receptions for 88 yards. He majored in kinesiology.

Professional career

New England Patriots

Thomas was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In the first 14 games of his rookie 2006 season, Thomas had only six receptions for a total of 76 yards, though three of those catches were for first downs (including his first two NFL completions which went for 29 and 11 yards, respectively). His breakout game came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16 when, filling in for an injured Benjamin Watson, Thomas caught five passes for a total of 83 yards, including his first NFL touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Tom Brady.

Thomas suffered a foot injury during the Patriots' 2007 offseason conditioning program and was placed on the team's Active/Physically Unable to Perform list for training camp and the preseason. After catching only one pass in one game played for the 2007 season, Thomas was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots on October 3, 2007 in what was suspected to be a re-aggravation of the foot injury he suffered before the start of the season.[1] The Patriots went undefeated during the season while Thomas was absent until losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

In 2008, Thomas started 10 games as part of a two-tight end formation that also included Watson, who started 9 games. Thomas had nine catches during the season for 93 yards, but none after November 2. He was also a healthy inactive in a December 7 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

New Orleans Saints

Thomas was traded to the New Orleans Saints on September 5, 2009 in exchange for a sixth-round draft choice in the 2011 NFL Draft. He had 35 receptions during the 2009 season, a career high. The Saints would go on to win Super Bowl XLIV after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. In the Super Bowl, Thomas had 1 catch for 9 yards. On February 19, 2013, it was announced that the Saints had terminated Thomas' contract.[2]


  1. ^ Reiss, Mike (2007-10-03). "Thomas to IR". Reiss' Pieces. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^

External links

  • New Orleans Saints bio
  • New England Patriots bio
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