David Thomas (American football)
David Thomas No. 85 New Orleans Saints Tight end/Fullback Personal information Date of birth: July 5, 1983 Place of birth: Plainview, Texas Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 248 lb (112 kg) Career information College: Texas NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86 Debuted in 2006 for the New England Patriots Career history Roster status: Active Career highlights and awards
- Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010 Receptions 86 Receiving Yards 836 Touchdowns 4 Stats at NFL.com
John David Thomas (born July 5, 1983 in Plainview, Texas) is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.
Thomas attended Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas, and helped Frenship reach the state semi-finals in its division in 2000. Thomas excelled at linebacker, running back and tight end for the Tigers, leading to speculation about what his role would be as a college player. After a heated recruiting battle with Texas Tech University, the University of Texas secured a commitment from Thomas to play tight end for the Longhorns.
At Texas, Thomas broke school records for receptions, touchdowns, and yards by a tight end, as well as for receptions in a single game. He was also a candidate for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end, and for the Draddy Trophy, for academic merit by a student athlete. In both 2004 and 2005 Thomas was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for accomplishments in the classroom. Long a favorite of quarterback Vince Young, Thomas played a prominent role in the Longhorn's 41-38 National Championship upset of then #1 USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl, hauling in a game-high 10 receptions for 88 yards. He majored in kinesiology.
New England Patriots
Thomas was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In the first 14 games of his rookie 2006 season, Thomas had only six receptions for a total of 76 yards, though three of those catches were for first downs (including his first two NFL completions which went for 29 and 11 yards, respectively). His breakout game came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16 when, filling in for an injured Benjamin Watson, Thomas caught five passes for a total of 83 yards, including his first NFL touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Tom Brady.
Thomas suffered a foot injury during the Patriots' 2007 offseason conditioning program and was placed on the team's Active/Physically Unable to Perform list for training camp and the preseason. After catching only one pass in one game played for the 2007 season, Thomas was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots on October 3, 2007 in what was suspected to be a re-aggravation of the foot injury he suffered before the start of the season.
In 2008, Thomas started 10 games as part of a two-tight end formation that also included Watson, who started 9 games. Thomas had nine catches during the season for 93 yards, but none after November 2. He was also a healthy inactive in a December 7 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
New Orleans Saints
- ^ Reiss, Mike (2007-10-03). "Thomas to IR". Boston.com Reiss' Pieces. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2007/10/thomas_to_ir.html. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
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