Russ Thomas
Thomas on a 1948 Bowman football card
Personal information
Date of birth: (1924-07-24)July 24, 1924
Place of birth: Griffithsville, West Virginia
Date of death: March 19, 1991(1991-03-19) (aged 66)
Place of death: Naples, Florida
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1946 / Round: 3 / Pick: 22
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 1946 1949)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× NFL champion (1952, 1953)
Stats at

John Russell Thomas (July 24, 1924 – March 19, 1991) was an American football tackle who played four seasons with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 1946 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State University after attending Charleston High School in Charleston, West Virginia.[1] His playing career ended in 1949 after he suffered a knee injury. Thomas was an assistant coach on the Detroit Lions' 1952 and 1953 NFL Championship teams. He also served as the general manager of the Lions from 1967 until his retirement in 1989.[2][3]


  1. "RUSS THOMAS". Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  2. "Russ Thomas; Sports Executive, 66". New York Times. March 21, 1991. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  3. "Russ Thomas". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 21, 2014.

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