Skip Thomas

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Skip Thomas
No. 26
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-02-07)February 7, 1950
Place of birth: Higginsville, Missouri
Date of death: July 24, 2011(2011-07-24) (aged 61)
Place of death: Kansas City, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Kansas City (KS) Wyandotte
College: Southern California
NFL draft: 1972 / Round: 7 / Pick: 176
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 17
INT yards: 222
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Alonzo "Skip" Thomas (February 7, 1950 – July 24, 2011), a.k.a. "Dr. Death", was an American football cornerback who played in the National Football League.

College career[edit]

Thomas was awarded a scholarship to play football at Arizona Western Junior College. Then, Thomas played college football at the University of Southern California.

Professional career[edit]

Thomas played for the Oakland Raiders for the entire duration of his professional football career between 1972 and 1977. He had back-to-back six-interception seasons in 1974 and 1975. Although it is commonly believed that his fierce tackling got him the nickname "Doctor Death," the truth (per John Madden's book Hey, Wait a Minute (I Wrote A Book!)) is that Hall of Fame lineman Bob "Boomer" Brown, when he first met him, thought that he looked like the cartoon character "Dr. Death," and the moniker stuck.[1] Thomas died of a heart attack on July 24, 2011.[2] He was 61.

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