Anthony Thomas (American football)
Anthony Thomas warms up before a game in 2006.
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|Date of birth:||November 7, 1977|
|Place of birth:||Winnfield, Louisiana|
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|NFL draft:||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38|
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Anthony Thomas (born November 7, 1977) is a former American football running back who played for seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan, where he gained the nickname "A-Train" due to his power-running style. Anthony Thomas was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie with the Bears in 2001, Thomas rushed for over 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns to earn the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He played for the Bears from 2001 to 2004, Dallas Cowboys in 2005, New Orleans Saints in 2005, and Buffalo Bills from 2006 to 2007.
High school career
At Winnfield Senior High School, Thomas starred on the basketball, track, and football teams. He set a state record with 106 career touchdowns while playing both running back and placekicker. He was named a first-team All-American and rated as the second-best running back in the country by the Prep Football Report.
Before entering the professional ranks, Thomas played college football at University of Michigan. As a freshman in 1997, he contributed to the Wolverines' 12-0 national championship season. In his stellar collegiate career (1997–2000), Thomas set school records for rushing yards (4,472) and touchdowns (56). His record for rushing yards was broken later by both Mike Hart and Denard Robinson, as shown in the following chart:
Thomas also ranks second in school history in rushing yards in a single season with 1,733 yards in 2000:
Awards And Honors
- 1997 Big Ten Freshman Of the Year (Coaches And Media)
- 1999 All-Big Ten Second-Team (Coaches And Media)
- 2000 All-Big Ten First-Team (Coaches And Media)
Thomas was drafted in the second round (38th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, and he reached 1,183 rushing yards and the NFL Rookie of the Year Award. With the emergence of Thomas Jones in Chicago, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 as the backup running back to Julius Jones. Thomas' ineffectiveness in limited duty, his inability to play special teams, and the emergence of Marion Barber III as the primary backup led Dallas to release him in November 2005. He was quickly signed by New Orleans after they lost Deuce McAllister with a season ending knee injury, and split rushing duties with Aaron Stecker. On April 28, 2006, Anthony Thomas signed with the Buffalo Bills, where he spent two seasons.
- Lists of Michigan Wolverines football rushing leaders
- Lists of Michigan Wolverines football receiving leaders
- "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
- Anthony Thomas gets second chance with the Saints (wwltv.com)[dead link]
- "Anthony Thomas". wesleyanbobcats.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18.