Mike Thomas (running back)

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Mike Thomas
No. 22
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-07-17) July 17, 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth: Greenville, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Greenville (TX)
College: Nevada - Las Vegas
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 5 / Pick: 108
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 4,196
Average: 3.9
Touchdowns: 19
Player stats at NFL.com

Malcolm "Mike" Thomas (born July 17, 1953) is a former American football player, a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons with the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers.

Early years[edit]

Born in Greenville, Texas, Thomas graduated from Greenville High School in 1971 and played college football at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.[1] At the time, UNLV was a Division II program; it moved up to Division I-A in 1978.

Playing career[edit]

Thomas was selected in the fifth round of the 1975 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. In his rookie season, he rushed for 919 yards and was named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. The following season in 1976, Washington returned to the playoffs as the wild card team; Thomas ran for over 1,100 yards and went to the Pro Bowl.

In his fourth season in 1978 under first-year head coach Jack Pardee, the Redskins won their first six games. Thomas injured his ankle in that sixth game and sat out the next three games, rather than take painkillers and play on it,[2] and was questioned by many.[1][3] Washington lost eight of the last ten to finish at 8–8 (.500) and missed the playoffs.

Thomas was traded to the San Diego Chargers in May 1979,[1][4] where he played two seasons. He was waived by the Chargers in September 1981.[5]


His older brothers Jimmy and Earl Thomas also played in the NFL.


  1. ^ a b c "Thomas could see bad handwriting". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. August 30, 1979. p. 26. 
  2. ^ "Thomas refuses pain killer". Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. Associated Press. October 18, 1978. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Lacy, Sam (October 24, 1978). "Thomas and Skins? business as usual". Baltimore Afro-American. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Thomas dealt to Chargers". Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. Associated Press. May 19, 1979. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Chargers cut Fuller and Thomas". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. UPI. September 2, 1981. p. 23. 

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