|Date of birth:September 2, 1980|
|Place of birth: Perry, Georgia|
|Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Minnesota Vikings|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2009|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at UFL-Football.com|
Dontarrious Dewayne Thomas (born September 2, 1980 in Perry, Georgia) is an American football linebacker who most recently played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.
Early years[edit | edit source]
At Perry High School in Perry, Georgia, Dontarrious Thomas was a three sport standout in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a Class 2-A-All-State selection,and as a senior, had 6 interceptions, returned an interception for a touchdown, had 78 tackles (50 solo tackles, 28 assisted), and rushed for 278 yards on only 14 carries (19.9 yd. per rush avg.).
Professional career[edit | edit source]
First stint with Vikings[edit | edit source]
Thomas was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (48th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Vikings, appearing in 59 games (10 starts) and recording 143 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
San Francisco 49ers[edit | edit source]
Thomas was originally signed No. 51 upon signing with the 49ers in 2008. When linebacker Brandon Moore was released in August, Thomas switched to Moore's No. 56 while the newly signed Takeo Spikes took 51.
Second stint with Vikings[edit | edit source]
Thomas was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on October 13, 2008 when offensive tackle Drew Radovich was placed on injured reserve. Thomas appeared in four games for the Vikings that season, recording one assisted tackle.
California Redwoods[edit | edit source]
San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]
Thomas was signed by the San Diego Chargers on January 5, 2010 after linebacker James Holt was placed on injured reserve. He is currently a special team player, and most likely will not be used elsewhere.