Jim Thomas (Canadian football)

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Jim Thomas
No. 12, 14, 20, 23
Born: (1938-12-18)December 18, 1938
Columbus, Mississippi
Died: October 4, 2015(2015-10-04) (aged 76)
Columbus, Mississippi
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) RB
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg)
College Mississippi Industrial College
Career history
As player
19631971 Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1966, 1967
CFL West All-Star 1965, 1966, 1967

Eskimos Record

  • Longest Run (104) - October 9, 1965

Jim "Long Gone"[1] Thomas (December 18, 1938 – October 4, 2015) was a running back who played nine seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos. In his career, Thomas ran for 6161 yards and was a two time CFL All-Star.[2] He signed to the Los Angeles Rams in 1970 for a five-game trial, but returned to Edmonton.[3] Thomas died in 2015.[4][5]

Thomas holds the record for the three longest rushing touchdowns in Eskimos history — a 104-yard TD run on Oct. 9, 1965 against the B.C. Lions, a 100-yard run on Aug. 2, 1966 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a 97-yard run on Sept. 4, 1964 against the Ottawa Rough Riders.[6]


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