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Phillip Thomas

Phillip Thomas
No. 41     Washington Redskins
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-01) March 1, 1989
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Bakersfield (CA)
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
Debuted in 2014 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at

Phillip Thomas (born March 1, 1989) is an American football safety for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). Thomas played college football for California State University, Fresno, and was recognized as an All-American. The Redskins selected him in the fourth round of 2013 NFL Draft.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • 2013 NFL Combine 3.1
    • Washington Redskins 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Thomas was born in Bakersfield, California. He attended Bakersfield High School, and played high school football for the Bakersfield Drillers.

College career

Thomas attended California State University, Fresno, where he played for the Fresno State Bulldogs football team from 2008 to 2012. As a senior in 2012, he was named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and CBS Sports.[1][2] He was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.[3][4] He was named to the ESPN All-America team and winner of the 2012 CFPA Defensive Back Trophy.[5] He became the first unanimous All-American in Fresno State history when he was named to the Associated Press All-America team.[6]

Professional career

2013 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 208 lb 3058 in 914 in 4.65 s 35 in 10 ft 2 in 14 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[7]

Washington Redskins

Thomas was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round, with the 119th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.[8] He officially signed a four-year contract with the team on May 17, 2013.[9][10] In the first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, he suffered a left foot injury, which was originally diagnosed as a sprain. On August 13, it was announced that Thomas would miss the entire 2013 season and be placed on injured reserve due to a torn Lisfranc ligament.[11]

Battling hamstring and foot injuries in the preseason, the Redskins waived him on August 30, 2014 for final roster cuts before the start of the 2014 season.[12] After clearing waivers, he was signed to the team's practice squad the following day.[13] He was promoted to the active roster on November 1, 2014.[14]


  1. ^ AFCA Announces 2012 FBS All-America Team
  2. ^ 2012 College Football All-America Team
  3. ^ Fresno State's Phillip Thomas named Thorpe finalist
  4. ^ Thomas Selected as Finalist for Jim Thorpe Award
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  7. ^ "NFL Combine Profile",, retrieved 2013-05-01 
  8. ^ Tinsman, Brian (April 27, 2013). "'"Phillip Thomas: 'I'll Be The Steal Of The Draft. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  9. ^ Jones, Mike (May 17, 2013). "Redskins sign fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  10. ^ Tinsman, Brian (May 17, 2013). "Redskins Sign Draft Pick Phillip Thomas". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  11. ^ Tinsman, Brian (August 13, 2013). "Phillip Thomas Placed On IR, Lisfranc Tear". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  12. ^ Jones, Mike (August 30, 2014). "Phillip Thomas, Chase Minnifield among defensive players cut". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  13. ^ Keim, John (August 31, 2014). "Redskins sign eight to practice squad". Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  14. ^ Jones, Mike. "Safety Phillip Thomas promoted, defensive lineman Clifton Geathers released". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 

External links

  • Fresno State Bulldogs bio
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