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Jim Thomas
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1938-12-18)December 18, 1938
Place of birth: Columbus, Mississippi
Date of death: October 4, 2015(2015-10-04) (aged 76)
Place of death: Columbus, Mississippi
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Jim "Long Gone"[1] Thomas (December 18, 1938 – October 4, 2015) was an American gridiron football player and coach. He played professionally as a running back for nine seasons in the Canadian Football League CFL) with the Edmonton Eskimos. Thomas ran for 6,161 yards in his CFL career and was a two-time CFL All-Star.[2] He signed to the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) in 1970 for a five-game trial, but returned to Edmonton.[3]

Thomas holds the record for the three longest rushing touchdowns in Eskimos history—a 104-yard run on October 9, 1965 against the BC Lions, a 100-yard run on Augusut 2, 1966 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and a 97-yard run on September 4, 1964 against the Ottawa Rough Riders.[4]

Thomas attended R. E. Hunt High School in Columbus, Mississippi, a segregated school for blacks only. He attended college at Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

After his playing career was over, Thomas earned a master's degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He coached in college at Southwestern Oklahoma State and the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as well as Noxubee County High School, Houston High School, and in Memphis before winding up at Mississippi Valley State University.[5]

Thomas died in 2015.[6][7]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (1978–1979)
1978 Mississippi Valley State 6–3–1 3–2–1 3rd
1979 Mississippi Valley State 4–5 2–4 5th
Mississippi Valley State: 10–8–1 5–6–1
Total: 10–8–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

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