Ike Thomas

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Ike Thomas
No. 37
Position: Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-11-04) November 4, 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth: Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Langston High School
College: Bishop College
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 37
Interceptions: 2
Kick return TDs: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Isaac Thomas (born November 4, 1947) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Bishop College and was drafted in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Thomas attended Langston High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas, before moving on to Bishop College. As a senior, he intercepted 4 passes (2 returned for touchdowns), recovered 3 fumbles and received NAIA All-District 8 honors.

He also participated in the 1971 College All-Star Game against the Baltimore Colts.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Thomas was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (51st overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft. In training camp he was tried at wide receiver. He had 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns in his rookie season.

One of those returns was a then franchise record 101 yard score against the New York Jets,[1] which still remains the record for a Cowboys rookie, and is tied with Bryan McCann and Amos Marsh for the second-longest play in Cowboys history, behind Alexander Wright's 102-yard kickoff return against the Atlanta Falcons in 1991.[2]

He played only one season with the Cowboys averaging 42.1 yards per kickoff return and was part of the winning team in Super Bowl VI. He was traded on September 5, 1972, to the Green Bay Packers along with punter Ron Widby for a 1973 second round draft choice (#46-Golden Richards).[3]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Thomas continued to return kickoffs and had over 1,000 return yards in 2 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. In 1973, he was used as a wide receiver before being moved back to cornerback. He was waived on August 15, 1974.

New York Stars / Charlotte Hornets (WFL)[edit]

In 1974, he signed with the New York Stars of the World Football League and was the starter at strong safety.[4] In October, the team moved to Charlotte and was renamed as the Charlotte Hornets.[5]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

In 1975, he signed with the Buffalo Bills and had his only 2 interceptions in the NFL that year. He was released on September 4, 1976.[6] During his NFL career he played 37 games in 4 years, with 1,394 kickoff return yards, 2 interceptions and 2 touchdowns.

Toronto Argonauts (CFL)[edit]

In 1977, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and played there for one season before being released.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)[edit]

In 1978, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, playing most of the season before being put on the injured reserve list with a broken hand. He retired on November 14, 1979.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On a Given Saturday". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bryan McCann is Player of the Week". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cowboys Trade Widby". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Stars Dump Wheels 37-7 for 8th Win". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Express Falls To Hornets". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Gardner Trimmed By Bills". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved May 25, 2017.