Dontarrious Thomas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dontarrious Thomas
No. 54, 55
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-09-02) September 2, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Perry, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Debuted in 2004 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 2011 for the Sacramento Mountain Lions
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2003)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 144
Sacks 1.5
Forced fumbles 1
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Dontarrious Dewayne Thomas (born September 2, 1980) is a former American football linebacker who last played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.[1]

Thomas was also a member of the San Francisco 49ers, California Redwoods and San Diego Chargers.

Early years[edit]

At Perry High School in Perry, Georgia, Dontarrious Thomas was a three sport standout in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a Class 2-A-All-State selection,and as a senior, had 6 interceptions, returned an interception for a touchdown, had 78 tackles (50 solo tackles, 28 assisted), and rushed for 278 yards on only 14 carries (19.9 yd. per rush avg.).

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Vikings[edit]

Thomas was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (48th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Vikings, appearing in 59 games (10 starts) and recording 143 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Thomas was originally signed No. 51 upon signing with the 49ers in 2008. When linebacker Brandon Moore was released in August, Thomas switched to Moore's No. 56 while the newly signed Takeo Spikes took 51.

However, on August 31, 2008, Thomas was released by the 49ers to make room for linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

Second stint with Vikings[edit]

Thomas was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on October 13, 2008 when offensive tackle Drew Radovich was placed on injured reserve. Thomas appeared in four games for the Vikings that season, recording one assisted tackle.

California Redwoods[edit]

Thomas signed with the California Redwoods of the United Football League in 2009 and recorded 35 tackles.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Thomas was signed by the San Diego Chargers on January 5, 2010 after linebacker James Holt was placed on injured reserve. He is currently a special team player, and most likely will not be used elsewhere.[2]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2004 MIN 16 59 42 17 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 MIN 14 48 35 13 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2006 MIN 16 31 20 11 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 MIN 13 5 5 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 MIN 4 1 0 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 63 144 102 42 1.5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

[3]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

References[edit]