Aurealius Thomas

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Aurealius Thomas
Date of birth (1934-04-06) April 6, 1934 (age 82)
Place of birth Muskogee, Oklahoma
Career information
Position(s) Guard
College Ohio State University
NFL draft 1957 / Round: 22 / Pick 257
(By the Pittsburgh Steelers)
Career highlights and awards
Awards 1957 All-America

Aurealius Thomas (born April 6, 1934), sometimes spelled Aurelius Thomas, is a former American football player. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Thomas was six feet, one inch tall and weighed 204 pounds.[1] He attended the Ohio State University where he played college football at the guard position for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1956 to 1957. He was selected by the All-America Board, the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, and the Football Writers Association of America as a first-team guard on their respective 1957 College Football All-America Team.[2][3][4] He averaged 57 minute a game during the 1957 season,[5] and Ohio State coach Woody Hayes said, "For consistent play on both offense and defense, there is no better guard in college football today."[1] Thomas was drafted in 1958 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was released by the Steelers in late August 1958 before the start of the regular season.[6] After graduating from Ohio State, Thomas worked as a teacher for several years, worked for New York Life Insurance Company and later started his own insurance brokerage business in Columbus, Ohio. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dick Strite (December 13, 1957). "High Climber". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2B. 
  2. ^ Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1248. ISBN 1401337031. 
  4. ^ "Iowa Tackle Is Lone Repeater On All-America Team". The Gettysburg Times. December 5, 1957. p. 5. 
  5. ^ a b "Aurealius Thomas". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Steelers Release Aurelius Thomas". The Milwaukee Journal. August 26, 1958. p. 12.