Hollis Thomas

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Hollis Thomas
Philadelphia Soul
Defensive Line Coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-01-10) January 10, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth: Abilene, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
College: Northern Illinois
Undrafted in 1996
Debuted in 1996 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 2009 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big West (1995)
  • Football News All-Rookie Team (1996)
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles 483
Sacks 20.0
Forced fumbles 7
Stats at NFL.com

Hollis Thomas, Jr. (born January 10, 1974 in Abilene, Texas) is a former American football defensive tackle who is currently the Defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1996. He played college football at Northern Illinois.

Thomas has also played for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, and Carolina Panthers.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

In 1996, Thomas went undrafted. He signed a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. In his 10 year career with the Eagles he became a major part of their defense. After the Eagles drafted a young defensive tackle in Broderick Bunkley, they traded Thomas to the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Right after Thomas was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, the Saints claimed him from the waivers. When healthy, Thomas was considered an important part of the Saints' defense, especially against running plays, and he was seen as playing a key role in the Saints' successful 2006 season, when they reached the NFC championship game for the first time in their history.[1]

On December 5, 2006 Thomas was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's steroids policy. In Thomas' appeal, New Orleans team doctor John Amos said that Thomas' asthma medicine contained two steroids, creating a false positive. Thomas lost the appeal.

Thomas tore his right triceps on August 14, 2008 in a pass-rushing drill against a Houston Texans offensive lineman. He was later released on September 11 with an injury settlement. The Saints re-signed him on November 3.

On April 29, 2009 it was reported that the Saints had released Thomas.[1]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On July 29, 2009 the St. Louis Rams signed Thomas. He was released on September 30.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Thomas was signed by the Carolina Panthers on October 1, 2009 after the team waived defensive tackle Ra'Shon Harris. In a game against the Buffalo Bills on October 25, 2009, Thomas tackled Bills running back Fred Jackson in the end-zone for a safety.

Currently[edit]

Hollis Thomas is a sports talk show host on 94 WIP in Philadelphia, and is known for his laid back attitude and voice of reason, which has made him one of the better hosts on the station. Also, apparently he has lost quite a bit of weight.

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