J. T. Thomas III
Free agent
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 31)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Blanche Ely
(Pompano Beach, Florida)
College:West Virginia
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Career history
*Chicago Bears ( 2011 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles:158
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

J.T. Thomas III (born August 15, 1988) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at West Virginia.

Professional careerEdit

Chicago BearsEdit

On July 27, 2011, the Bears signed Thomas to a 4-year contract. Thomas was eventually placed on injured reserve due to a hip problem. In the 2012 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Thomas forced LaVon Brazill to fumble, and Kelvin Hayden recovered the loose ball.[2]

On August 31, 2013, Thomas was among the final cuts by the Bears.[3]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 1, 2013.[4]

New York GiantsEdit

On March 10, 2015, Thomas signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the New York Giants.[5][6] On December 31, 2015, Thomas was placed on injured reserve.[7]

On September 12, 2016, Thomas was placed on injured reserve after he suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.[8]

On September 28, 2017, Thomas was once again placed on injured reserve after suffering a groin injury in Week 2.[9] He was released with an injury settlement on November 28, 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas has a brother named Jared who has autism. Thomas is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and was initiated through the Nu Zeta chapter at WVU. Thomas attended Blanche Ely High School, where he was teammates with Patrick Peterson.[10]

He gained some national media attention for taking a disabled eighth grade girl in Morgantown, West Virginia to her 8th grade dance on Friday, May 20, 2011.[11][12] He received more national attention after he gave a 14-year-old boy with epilepsy tickets to Super Bowl XLVI, with Thomas also attending the game.[13]


  1. "2011 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  2. Mayer, Larry. "Jennings plays takeaway in Bears victory". Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  3. Biggs, Brad (August 31, 2013). "Bears waive LB Thomas to reach roster limit". Chicago Tribune.,0,4727768.story. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  4. Stites, Adam (September 1, 2013). "Jaguars claim LB J.T. Thomas, according to report". SB Nation. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  5. Schefter, Adam. "Former Jaguars LB JT Thomas reached agreement with Giants". Twitter. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  6. Eisen, Michael (March 11, 2015). "Giants sign RB Shane Vereen; announce Free Agent signings". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  7. "Giants sign 2 players after LB J.T. Thomas and long snapper Danny Aiken head to injured reserve". Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  8. "Giants place LB J.T. Thomas on IR".
  9. Eisen, Michael (September 28, 2017). "Giants make roster moves, place J.T. Thomas on IR".
  10. "Thomas arrested in West Virginia". February 13, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  11. "Bears draft pick makes 8th-grader's day". May 21, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  12. Wright, Michael C.. "Thomas makes fan's dream come true". Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  13. Jemele Hill (February 7, 2012). "Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas gives the life-changing gift of a Super Bowl - ESPN". Retrieved August 4, 2012.

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