Henry Thomas (American football)

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Henry Thomas
No. 97, 98, 95
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-01-12) January 12, 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Eisenhower
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,007
Sacks: 93.5
Touchdowns: 4
Player stats at NFL.com

Henry Lee Thomas Jr. (born January 12, 1965) is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). His nickname was "Hardware Hank."[1] He played for the Minnesota Vikings for the first eight seasons of his career. He attended Louisiana State University, where he played college football for the LSU Tigers football team. Thomas twice was selected to the Pro Bowl. He joined the Detroit Lions in 1995, where he played two seasons, before finishing his career with four seasons with the New England Patriots.[2]


  1. ^ "Interview With 14 Year NFL Veteran Henry Thomas". detroitlionspro.com. Detroit Lions Pro. November 21, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Henry Thomas NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 16, 2016.