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Robert Thomas (linebacker)

Robert Thomas
No. 55, 94
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-07-17) July 17, 1980
Place of birth: El Centro, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Imperial (CA)
College: UCLA
NFL draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 84
Games started: 50
Tackles: 305
Quarterback sacks: 2.0
Forced fumbles: 4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert Wayne Thomas (born July 17, 1980) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the early 2000s. He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and was recognized as a consensus All-American. The St. Louis Rams picked him in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Rams, Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
    • Awards and honors 2.1
  • Professional career 3
    • Pre-draft 3.1
    • St. Louis Rams 3.2
    • Green Bay Packers 3.3
    • Oakland Raiders 3.4
    • Washington Redskins 3.5
    • NFL stats 3.6
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Thomas was born in El Centro, California. He was raised in a family with three brothers and a sister. He graduated from Imperial High School in Imperial, California, where he played for the Imperial Tigers high school football team. Thomas' older brother Stan was an offensive tackle in the NFL for four seasons during the 1990s.

College career

Thomas attended University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a history major and played for the UCLA Bruins football team from 1998 to 2001. As a freshman in 1998, he was a reserve inside linebacker making 26 tackles (two for losses), and playing in all 12 games. Thomas became a regular starter as a sophomore, and had 68 tackles despite missing three games. Following his 2000 junior season, he was named UCLA's Defensive Most Valuable Player and was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection after leading the team with 88 tackles (nine for losses) and six forced fumbles. As a senior in 2001, Thomas led the Bruins with 111 tackles (26 for a loss) and had 6.5 sacks, forced two fumbles and defensed five passes. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2001.[1]

Awards and honors

Professional career

Pre-draft

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-0 * 229 * 4.51 * 1.57 * 2.58 * 4.10 * 7.21 * 34" 9'08" 21* X
* represents NFL Combine

St. Louis Rams

He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams 31st overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. On July 22, 2002, Thomas signed a five-year $5.75 million contract with the Rams. Thomas started 30 games during his three seasons in St. Louis while totaling 163 tackles in those games.

Green Bay Packers

St. Louis traded Thomas to the Green Bay Packers at the end of training camp on September 4, 2005, for cornerback Chris Johnson. Thomas started nine games at weak-side linebacker in 2005. On May 2, 2006, the Packers released Thomas.

Oakland Raiders

On August 24, 2006 Thomas signed with Oakland Raiders, and he played in all 16 games in 2006, with no starts. On February 24, 2007, the Raiders re-signed Thomas, who was eligible to be a free agent. The deal included $1.5 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million salary for 2007 and $2 million in salary in 2008. He started 10 games for the Raiders in 2007 but appeared in just two in 2008 before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury against the Atlanta Falcons on November 2, 2008.

Washington Redskins

On April 9, 2009, the Redskins signed Thomas to a one-year $1.3 million contract. He was released by the Redskins after the final preseason game on September 9, 2009.

NFL stats

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Passes Defended
2002 STL 16 36 33 3 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2003 STL 12 71 62 9 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
2004 STL 14 56 41 15 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 GB 10 41 30 11 0.0 0 0 0 1 24 24 24 1
2006 OAK 16 36 27 9 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 OAK 14 62 51 11 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 OAK 2 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 84 304 245 59 2.0 4 2 0 1 24 24 24 8
[2]

References

  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Robert Thomas Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Green Bay Packers bio
  • Oakland Raiders bio
  • UCLA Bruins bio
  • Washington Redskins bio
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