J. T. Thomas III
Free agent
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 32)
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 NFL.com

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 career

Chicago Bears

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 Jaguars

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

New York Giants

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 life

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). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2011/draft.htm.
  2. Mayer, Larry. "Jennings plays takeaway in Bears victory". Chicagobears.com. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Jennings-plays-takeaway-in-Bears-victory/a699dd3a-11ad-45d4-8e74-51ad9b52b184. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  3. Biggs, Brad (August 31, 2013). "Bears waive LB Thomas to reach roster limit". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-final-cuts-20130831,0,4727768.story. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  4. Stites, Adam (September 1, 2013). "Jaguars claim LB J.T. Thomas, according to report". SB Nation. http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2013/9/1/4683480/jt-thomas-jaguars-waiver-claim-news. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  5. Schefter, Adam. "Former Jaguars LB JT Thomas reached agreement with Giants". Twitter. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/575417550013657088. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  6. Eisen, Michael (March 11, 2015). "Giants sign RB Shane Vereen; announce Free Agent signings". Giants.com. https://web.archive.org/web/20171207084012/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/combine/article-1/Giants-sign-RB-Shane-Vereen-announce-Free-Agent-signings/38303cc8-4214-4e78-8dea-b31cb6e08630. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  7. "Giants sign 2 players after LB J.T. Thomas and long snapper Danny Aiken head to injured reserve". http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2015/12/giants_sign_2_players_after_lb_jt_thomas_and_long.html. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  8. "Giants place LB J.T. Thomas on IR". http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Giants-place-LB-JT-Thomas-on-IR/f1649459-69cd-4846-bb19-05b793323e40.
  9. Eisen, Michael (September 28, 2017). "Giants make roster moves, place J.T. Thomas on IR". https://web.archive.org/web/20180110014306/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Giants-make-roster-moves-place-JT-Thomas-on-IR/91e508e8-0335-4c62-88e0-0cdb6d6ab3f4.
  10. "Thomas arrested in West Virginia". Chicagobears.com. February 13, 2012. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8634. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  11. "Bears draft pick makes 8th-grader's day". Articles.chicagotribune.com. May 21, 2011. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-21/sports/ct-spt-0522-bears-dance-chicago--20110520_1_spina-bifida-bus-driver-school-bus. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  12. Wright, Michael C.. "Thomas makes fan's dream come true". Espn.go.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4670527/bears-thomas-making-fans-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". Espn.go.com. http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/page/hill-120206/chicago-bears-linebacker-jt-thomas-gives-life-changing-gift-super-bowl. Retrieved August 4, 2012.

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