Anthony Thomas
Thomas warms up before a game in 2006.
No. 35, 28, 32     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-11-07) November 7, 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth: Winnfield, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Debuted in 2001 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 2007 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
* West Virginia Wesleyan (2011)
(Running backs coach)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2007
Rushing yards     3,891
Rushing average     3.7
Rushing TDs     23
Stats at

Anthony Jermaine 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. 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.

College career

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 seven years later by Mike Hart, as shown in the following chart:

Rank Name Attempts Net Yds Yds/Att Touchdowns Long Start End
1 Mike Hart 1015 5040 5.0 41 64 2004 2007
2 Anthony Thomas 924 4472 4.8 55 80 1997 2000
3 Jamie Morris 806 4392 5.5 25 68 1984 1987
4 Tyrone Wheatley 688 4178 6.1 47 88 1991 1994
5 Butch Woolfolk 717 3850 5.4 29 92 1978 1981


Thomas also ranks second in school history in rushing yards in a single season with 1,733 yards in 2000:

Rank Name Attempts Net Yds Yds/Att Year
1 Tim Biakabutuka 303 1818 6.0 1995
2 Anthony Thomas 319 1733 5.4 2000
3 Jamie Morris 282 1703 6.0 1987
4 Denard Robinson 256 1702 6.6 2010
5 Chris Perry 338 1674 5.0 2003


Professional career

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,[2] and split rushing duties with Aaron Stecker. On April 28, 2006, Thomas signed with the Buffalo Bills, where he spent two seasons.

Coaching career

Thomas is currently the special teams coordinator at at West Virginia Wesleyan College.[3]

See also


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