|Position:||Defensive End / Linebacker|
|Date of birth:||February 20, 1967|
|Place of birth:||Houston, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||254 lb (115 kg)|
|High school:||Houston (TX) Madison|
|NFL draft:||1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
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Thomas was a two-time All-American (1987, 1988) at the University of Nebraska and was later named to the Nebraska All-Century team. He is acknowledged by some and himself as one of the greatest defensive players in the history of Nebraska football. He was named the 36th greatest Buccaneer player of all time in 2003. he called himself "Sandman", because he put running backs to sleep.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thomas was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft. At 6'4", 254-lb, he was projected as an outside linebacker or defensive end, but the team decided to play him at middle linebacker in a 4-3 defense as a rookie, which caused him problems learning the system.
His best season came in 1991 after being shot in the upper chest and right arm during the offseason. He finished with 174 tackles (tied franchise single-season record), 11 sacks and received Pro Bowl consideration. The next year he reported out of shape for training camp and struggled with his pass coverage responsibilities as an outside linebacker in the team's new 3-4 defense.
On March 9, 1995, he signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. He recorded 86 tackles and 6 sacks. He was released on February 9, 1996, after being charged with possession of an unauthorized hand gun and drunken driving.
On March 22, 1996, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, to replace Dixon Edwards, who in turn signed with the Vikings to replace Thomas. In the last 6 games he was moved to defensive end after Charles Haley had season-ending back surgery, finishing with 4.5 sacks (second on the team) and 20 quarterback pressures. In 1997, as a backup he registered 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 10 quarterback pressures (led the team). The next year he was placed on the injured reserve list after tearing ligaments in his left knee.
Thomas is the nephew of former Chicago Bears linebacker, and former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary. His son, Broderick Jr., also attended Madison High School in Houston, where he played quarterback, and later the University of Houston as a walk-on. He resides in Houston, Texas.
- "Distinguished HISD Alumni." Houston Independent School District.
- Husker Football All Century Team
- KOZN, 1620 AM, Interview on "Unsportsmanlike Conduct", December 1, 2010
- "Q&A with Broderick Thomas". Lincoln Journal-Star (Lincoln, NE). April 15, 2007.
- "Life after the NFL is all pain, no fame for Broderick Thomas". ESPN The Magazine. April 4, 2011.