Bryan Thomas
Thomas in 2009.
Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-06-07) June 7, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
High School: Adamsville (AL) Minor
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama–Birmingham
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Debuted in 2002 for the New York Jets
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2002 2012)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     442
Sacks     33.5
Forced Fumbles     7
Interceptions     0

Bryan Thomas (born June 7, 1979) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jets 22nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Early lifeEdit

Thomas was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he played college football for the UAB Blazers.

Professional careerEdit

2002 NFL DraftEdit

The 6'4" Thomas had an impressive combine performance that elevated him from a mid-second round pick to the first round.[1]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4½ in 266 lb 4.47 s 4.01 s 35 in 33 rep

New York JetsEdit

Thomas played his entire career as a defensive end until being converted to a linebacker in the 3-4 defense for the Jets during the 2006 NFL season. Thomas became a defensive end when Mangini used a 4-3 defense.

Thomas led the New York Jets in sacks with 8.5 sacks. This was his breakout season playing as an outside linebacker with new head coach Eric Mangini. At the end of the 2006 season, Thomas was awarded a new contract. In 2007, Thomas reverted to the disappointing play that had previously been the hallmark of his career. This raised concerns that Thomas was a "one year wonder" or a "contract year" player. In particular, comments made by Thomas during the 2007 season where he said he had not thought it necessary to "continue to work to improve" left many Jets fans extremely concerned.

Thomas suffered a torn Achilles tendon on October 2, 2011.

Thomas was released by the Jets on September 22, 2012 after suffering a hamstring injury.[3] Two days later the Jets re-signed him.[4]


  1. Battista, Judy (April 21, 2002). "Jets Hold Off on Cornerback And Opt for a Defensive End". New York Times.
  2. "Bryan Thomas profile". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  3. Orr, Conor (22 September 2012). "Jets release veteran OLB Bryan Thomas". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  4. Orr, Conor (24 September 2012). "Bryan Thomas, re-signed by Jets, said he was upset after being cut". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.

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