HEAL Board Member J.T. Thomas III

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J.T. Thomas III
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  • Originally drafted by Chicago in the sixth round (195th over- all) of the 2011 draft
  • Waived on 8/31/13
  • Claimed off waivers by Jacksonville on 9/1/13
  • Signed as a Free Agent by the New York Giants on 3/11/15


  • Fourth-year LB also sees action on special teams
  • Has played in 37 games with two starts and totaled 20 tackles, two forced fumbles and two tackles for loss
  • Has 15 career special teams tackles
  • Was claimed off waivers from Chicago on Sept. 1, 2013
  • Originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Bears in 2011
  • Missed entire regular season as a rookie with a hip injury and saw action in all 16 games in 2012
  • Three-year starter at West Virginia
  • 9/7 at PHI: Saw action at LB and on special teams and finished with one solo tackle
  • 9/14 at WAS: Totaled two special teams tackles
  • 9/21 at IND: Saw action at LB and on special teams
  • 9/28 at SD: Saw extensive action at LB and totaled one solo tackle
  • 10/5 vs. PIT: Saw action at LB and made one tackle and contributed one special teams tackle
  • 10/12 at TEN: Saw action at LB and on special teams
  • Spent preseason with Chicago before he was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars on Sept. 1
  • Played in 15 games with two starts and totaled 17 tackles (12 solo), two tackles for loss and one QB pressure
  • Tied for third on the team with six special teams tackles
  • 9/8 vs. KC: Made Jaguars debut, seeing action on special teams. Blocked a Dustin Colquitt punt following Chiefs first drive that resulted in a safety
  • 9/15 at OAK: Inactive (groin)
  • 10/6 at STL: Saw action on special teams and led team with two tackles
  • 11/17 vs. ARI: Led the team with two special teams tackles. Also saw action on defense at LB
  • 11/24 at HOU: Saw action on defense and on special teams. Had one special teams tackle
  • 12/1 at CLE: Saw action on defense and special teams. Finished with one tackle for loss
  • 12/15 vs. BUF: Saw action at LB and totaled three tackles (two solo)
  • 12/22 vs. TEN: Made first career start and totaled six solo tackles
  • 12/1 at CLE: Saw action on defense and special 12/29 at IND: Started at LB and registered a career-high seven tackles (three solo) with one tackle for loss and one forced fumbleFinished with one tackle for loss
  • Played in all 16 games, primarily on special teams
  • Finished with six special teams tackles and one forced fumble
  • Spent entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a hip injury in the preseason
  • Three-year starter at LB
  • Two-time All-Big East first-team selection
  • Played in 49 career games with 39 starts
  • Career totals included 233 tackles (106 solo), 6.0 sacks and 27 tackles for loss
  • Added two INTs, 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries
  • Started all 13 games as a senior and ranked second on the team with 73 tackles (36 solo)
  • Credited with 2.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
  • Earned All-Big East first-team honors
  • Registered a career-high 76 tackles as a junior and earned All-Big East first-team honors
  • Selected as the 'Iron Mountaineer' by his teammates, an award presented to the most outstanding performers in WVU's offseason strength and conditioning program
  • Awarded the Gridiron Gladiator Award from the coaching staff
  • Started for first time as a sophomore and collected 65 tackles (23 solo), three sacks and a team-high 10 tackles for loss
  • Saw action in 10 games as a redshirt freshman and totaled 19 tackles
  • Received a medical redshirt as a freshman
  • Won 2006 Danny Van Etten Award for scout team Player of the Year on defense


  • Attended Blanche Ely High School (Fla.) where he was a team captain and team's MVP as a senior
  • Teammate of Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson
  • Ranked Florida Top 100 player by Rivals.com
  • Father, J.T. Thomas, Sr., was a LB at West Virginia from 1994-95
  • Took a disabled eighth-grade girl in Morgantown, W.V. to her eighth grade dance in May of 2011
  • Gave a 14-year old boy with epilepsy tickets to Super Bowl XLVI
  • Twitter handle is @TheRealJT3
  • Full name: J.T. Thomas III
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