Daniel Thomas (American football)
Thomas with the Dolphins in 2014.
|No. -- Chicago Bears|
|Date of birth:||October 29, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Hilliard, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Hilliard (FL)|
|NFL draft:||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Daniel Thomas (born October 29, 1987) is an American football running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Kansas State Wildcats football team. He was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
High school career
Thomas rushed 103 times for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns at quarterback as a senior at Hilliard Middle-Senior High School in Hilliard, FL. He threw for 936 yards and added 11 touchdowns. He also chipped in 57 tackles and one interception as a senior safety. He earned all-state honors as both a quarterback and linebacker. As a Junior, Thomas rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown and also had 34 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns primarily playing WR on a team that also featured Ralph Bolden who was an All-Big 10 performer at RB for Purdue in 2009. Thomas was also a stand-out basketball player in High School, earning All-Nassau county honors while averaging 17.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Thomas rushed for over 500 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman and helped lead Northwest Mississippi CC to a division championship. Thomas accounted for 618 yards and six touchdowns in 2007 on 103 carries and also threw for 450 yards and two scores. Thomas capped off his junior college career by becoming a JUCO All-American.
Unable to qualify academically for Kansas State in July 2008, Thomas spent the 2008 season at Butler County Community College and Manhattan Christian College in order to meet academic requirements.
Thomas came to Kansas State as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the number 35 junior college prospect in the nation. He was also a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He was rated as the No. 8 JUCO prospect in the state of Mississippi by the Sun Herald.
Thomas was voted the 2009 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Thomas gave the Wildcats their third straight Offensive Newcomer of the Year award winner and league-leading fourth overall. Brandon Banks and Deon Murphy were honored in 2008 and 2007, respectively, joining K-State’s first honoree, Michael Bishop in 1997.  Thomas rushed for 1,265 yards on 247 carries, averaging 5.1 yards and 11 touchdowns.
At the close of his KSU career, Thomas ranked second in school history in career rushing yards, single season rushing yards, number three in carries in a career, number four in rushing touchdowns, number two in single season rushing touchdowns, number six in single season all-purpose yards, number five in all-time all-purpose yards.
|2006||Northwest Mississippi CC||69||394||5.7||3||0||0||0|
|2007||Northwest Mississippi CC||103||562||5.5||6||0||0||0|
*FBS totals only
Miami Dolphins (2011–2014)
Thomas was taken with the 62nd overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. On July 29, 2011, he signed a 4-year contract. Thomas found early success in the NFL, rushing for 107 yards in Week 2 and 95 yards with a receiving touchdown in Week 3. He injured his hamstring and was not able to play again until Week 6. Thomas finished the season with 581 yards, but no rushing touchdowns.
Chicago Bears (2015–present)
- Official Bio
- Cirminiello, Richard (March 17, 2010), "2010's New Stars – Kansas St RB Daniel Thomas", College Football News.
- Big 12 Newcomer of the year
- Sessler, Marc (August 30, 2014). "Daniel Thomas released by Miami Dolphins". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
- Alper, Josh. "Dolphins bringing back Daniel Thomas". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Dragon, Tyler (June 18, 2015). "Chicago Bears sign running back Daniel Thomas". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-06-19.