Donald Thomas (American football)

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Donald Thomas
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Thomas during the 2011 NFL season.
No. 66     Indianapolis Colts
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-09-25) September 25, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth: New Haven, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
College: Connecticut
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Debuted in 2008 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Games played 43
Games started 21
Fumble recoveries 1
Stats at NFL.com

Donald Grant Thomas (born September 25, 1985) is an American football guard for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut.

Thomas has also played for the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Thomas, as a freshman, played two games with neighboring town West Haven High School JV team because Career Magnet High School does not have a football team. The New Haven Public School addressed Thomas's athletic eligibility and since Career had other varsity sports, they declared Thomas could not play for West Haven High School. Despite this, Thomas excelled at other sports, such as basketball, baseball, and soccer.

College career[edit]

Thomas entered University of Connecticut without the intention of playing sports. Once he played pick-up basketball with Huskies linebacker Danny Lansanah, Lansanah persuaded Thomas to try-out for a walk-on position for University of Connecticut's varsity football team. Thomas' strong work ethic eventually earned him a full scholarship and a starting guard position where he was named All Big East in 2007 for UConn.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Thomas was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft as the 195th pick overall. He was promoted to the starting right guard on the third day of training camp over Trey Darilek. He made his NFL debut on September 7, 2008 against the New York Jets. Thomas injured his left foot in the second quarter but played through the injury and finished the game. The injury later proved to be a Lisfranc fracture and Thomas was placed on season-ending injured reserve on September 9. Thomas was released by the team at the start of the 2010 NFL season.

Detroit Lions[edit]

After trying out for several teams Thomas eventually signed with the Detroit Lions in November of the 2010 season. He was not in the active roster for any game in the 2010 NFL season.

New England Patriots[edit]

Thomas was signed by the New England Patriots on September 14, 2011 after a season-ending injury to starting center Dan Koppen created an opening on the roster. He has been utilized as a fullback in short yardage situations. Thomas was brought into the starting lineup on December 24 against his former team the Miami Dolphins when starting left guard Logan Mankins went down with a knee injury.[2]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Thomas signed with the Indianapolis Colts on March 12, 2013.[3] Thomas immediately became the starting left guard for the Colts, but was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a quadriceps tear in a week two loss to the Miami Dolphins, his former team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Reiss (Jan 7, 2012). "Football journey: Donald Thomas". ESPN. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Patriots sign OL Donald Thomas to the 53-Man Roster; Release OL Thomas Welch". The New England Patriots. Sep 14, 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Colts sign Patriots G Thomas

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