|Position:||Defensive Line Coach|
|Date of birth:||January 10, 1974|
|Place of birth:||Abilene, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||340 lb (154 kg)|
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Hollis Thomas, Jr. (born January 10, 1974) 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.
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
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.
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.
St. Louis Rams
On July 29, 2009 the St. Louis Rams signed Thomas. He was released on September 30.
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.
Hollis Thomas is a sports talk show host on 94 WIP in Philadelphia, normally hosting with Rob "Angry Bob" Charry, and is known for his laid back attitude and voice of reason, which has caused him to be viewed as one of the better hosts on the station. Also, apparently he has lost quite a bit of weight.
- Mike Triplett, "New Orleans Saints release defensive tackle Hollis Thomas", New Orleans Times-Picayune, April 29, 2009.