Marcus Thomas (running back)
|Date of birth:||May 28, 1984|
|Place of birth:||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2008 – 5th round – 166th pick|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Marcus Bernard Thomas (born May 28, 1984) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas-El Paso.
High school career
Marcus Thomas is a 2003 graduate of Tolleson Union High School in Tolleson, Arizona. Marcus spent his sophomore year in high school backing former University of Arizona, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns running back Mike Bell. During his junior year he ran for over 2,000 yards while leading Tolleson to the 4A state playoffs. His senior year he was named Arizona State High School Player of the Year and a Parade All-American after setting Arizona high school records for rushing yards in a season with 3,573 yards rushing and 46 touchdowns. Breaking records set by former teammate Mike Bell. He also set the state record for 400-yard rushing games in a season and career and the single game record of 424 yards against Phoenix Moon Valley High School. Marcus left Tolleson as the state of Arizona's all-time leading high school rusher with 5,878 yards and only the third back in state history with back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons.
Thomas finished his college career as UTEP Texas-El Paso's fifth all-time leading rusher (2.615 yards) and third leading scorer (26 rushing touchdowns). He ranked fourth in 100-yard games (11) and seventh in all-purpose yards (3,660). As a senior, Thomas rushed for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging over 5 yards per carry (5.1).
San Diego Chargers
On August 30, 2008, Thomas was waived by the Chargers during final cuts.
A day after being let go by the Chargers, Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on August 31, 2008. He appeared in three games for the Lions before being waived on October 9 when the team signed fullback Moran Norris. During his three games with the Lions, he returned four kickoffs for 93 yards (a 23.3 yards average return).
Thomas was signed to a future contract by the Cleveland Browns on January 7, 2009. He was waived on July 15, 2009.
Thomas signed with the Denver Broncos on August 12, 2009. He was waived on September 4.