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Michael Thomas
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Thomas with the Giants in 2018
No. 31     
Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Career information
College: Stanford
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2012)*
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     250
Sacks     1.0
Forced fumbles     3
Pass deflections     12
Interceptions     3
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Thomas (born March 17, 1990) is an American football safety for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Stanford. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2012.[1]

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Thomas signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2012.[2] He was waived on August 31, and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[3][4] He spent the whole 2012 season on the practice squad.

On February 11, 2013, Thomas signed a reserve/future contract.[5] On August 31, 2013, Thomas was waived by the 49ers and signed to the practice squad two days later.[6][7]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On December 10, 2013, Thomas was signed by the Miami Dolphins off the 49ers' practice squad.[8] He made his professional debut the following week, where he recorded an interception off New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with two seconds left in the game to seal the Dolphins victory.[9] He also broke up a touchdown pass intended for Danny Amendola before sealing the victory with his interception. After that game, he appeared in two more for the rest of the season.[10]

In 2014, Thomas played in eight games with two starts before suffering a torn pectoral in Week 9. He was placed on injured reserve on November 3, 2014.[11] He finished his second season with eighteen tackles.[10]

Thomas became a starter for the Dolphins in 2015, starting 13 games at free safety. On December 20, 2015, he made a season-high 11 tackles against the San Diego Chargers.[12] He finished the season with 85 tackles and two passes defended.[10]

On September 18, 2016, Thomas recorded his first career sack and forced fumble against the New England Patriots.[13] On December 4, he grabbed his first career fumble recovery against the Baltimore Ravens.[14] On December 24, Thomas made a season-high eight tackles and his second career forced fumble (but the Bills recover it) against the Buffalo Bills.[15][16] On December 29, Thomas was named the 2016 Good Guy Award winner, annually given "to a player for his professionalism and courtesy in assisting the media."[17] Thomas played in all 16 games with eight starts recording 58 tackles, one sack, one pass defended, and two forced fumbles.[10] The Dolphins finished with a record of 10-6 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.[18] On January 8, 2017, Thomas in his first career playoff game recorded an interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card round.[19] Along with teammate Xavien Howard, they become the first Dolphins to record interceptions in the playoffs since Calvin Jackson in 2000.[20]

On April 17, 2017, Thomas signed his restricted free agent tender with the Dolphins.[21] In 2017, Thomas played in 13 games with two starts before suffering a knee injury in Week 13. He made his first start of the season on November 5, replacing the injured Nate Allen.[22] He was placed on injured reserve on December 29, 2017.[23]

New York GiantsEdit

On March 26, 2018, Thomas signed a two-year contract with the New York Giants. Thomas had a career year with the New York Giants on defense and special teams. Thomas notched 59 total tackles, one sack, and two interceptions on defense while getting 16 of his tackles on special teams and recovering an onside kick for the Giants. He was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl as a special teams replacement for Super Bowl LIII bound Cory Littleton. [24]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team GP GS COMB TOTAL AST SCK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2013 MIA 3 0 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
2014 MIA 8 2 18 15 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 MIA 16 13 85 66 19 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2016 MIA 16 8 58 43 15 1.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2017 MIA 13 2 27 16 11 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 NYG 16 6 59 41 18 1.0 1 0 0 2 26 13 26 0 6
Source[25] Career 56 24 250 184 89 2.0 3 1 0 3 26 8.6 26 0 12

Personal lifeEdit

In 2016, Thomas earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami Business School.[26]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Fucillo, David (April 28, 2012). "San Francisco 49ers Undrafted Free Agents 2012: Chris Owusu Leads The Way". Niners Nation. https://www.ninersnation.com/2012/4/28/2985462/san-francisco-49ers-undrafted-free-agents-2012-rumors-chris-owusu.
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  5. Sakamoto, Ryan (February 11, 2013). "Michael Thomas Signs With San Francisco 49ers" (in en-US). Niner Noise. https://ninernoise.com/2013/02/11/michael-thomas-signs-with-san-francisco-49ers/.
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  14. Perkins, Chris (December 4, 2016). "Dolphins get pounded by Ravens, ending six-game winning streak" (in en-US). Sun-Sentinel.com. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/sfl-dolphins-recap-20161204-story.html.
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  25. "Michael Thomas". http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/15231/michael-thomas.
  26. Habib, Hal (May 5, 2016). "Three Dolphins earn MBAs from University of Miami". Palm Beach Post. https://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/football/three-dolphins-earn-mbas-from-university-miami/ACTdjyvaozfaE89wFRsfMI/. Retrieved June 24, 2018.

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