by Larry Brown Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas was taken to the hospital as a precaution following a hit he took in the Mountaineers’ … Go check out the other knee dislocations i've talked about already!Shaun Livingston: https://youtu.be/Et4Nqu3vAtgMcKenzie Milton: https://youtu.be/HTdxr0ufpTcGo Follow me!Twitter: https://twitter.com/b_sutterer?lang=enInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/briansutterer_md/?hl=enDISCLAIMER: This video not intended to be taken as medical advice. [8] Thomas was the second linebacker the Dolphins drafted in 1996, joining their fourth round pick Baylor linebacker LaCurtis Jones (126th overall). [38] On December 29, 2002, Thomas collected a season-high 16 combined tackles (11 solo) in the Dolphins' 27-24 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 17. The following week, he made ten combined tackles as the Dolphins' lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round 38–3.[26]. https://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/mr-zach-v-thomas-jr-1488268 On October 21, 2007, Thomas was involved in a car collision and sustained another concussion during the accident. His 14 combined tackles against the Chiefs continued his streak of six consecutive games with double-digit tackles. repeated mirgraine headaches. All content edited with intent to provide additional educational content within copyright Fair Use guidelines. He was placed on a stretcher and taken off in an ambulance. Opinions represent those of the individual and not my employer. Thomas made his first career interception off a pass by Bills' quarterback Jim Kelly, that was originally intended for tight end Lonnie Johnson, and returned it for an 11-yard gain in the first quarter. [28] Head coach Jimmy Johnson retained Thomas, Robert Jones, and Derrick Rodgers as the starting linebackers in 1999. Appalachian St. QB Zac Thomas taken to hospital as precaution On September 17, 2000, Thomas collected a season-high 13 combined tackles during a 19–6 win against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3. As a junior in 1994, he was a first-team All-American. In 2015, Thomas was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. [54] On December 17, 2006, Thomas recorded a career-high 21 combined tackles during a 21–0 loss at the Buffalo Bills in Week 15. The win also came with injury to App State quarterback Zac Thomas. [66] In Week 4, he collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (six solo) during the Cowboys' 26–24 loss to the Washington Redskins. [73] [30] Assistant head coach Dave Wannstedt was promoted to head coach. For the first three-years of his career Thomas earned the league minimum and lived with teammate Larry Izzo. [37] Thomas was selected to play in the 2004 Pro Bowl and earned his fifth All-Pro selection in six years. He has quickness, he's an instinctive player, and he makes plays ... 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Thomas intercepted a pass by Cowboys' quarterback Quincy Carter, that was intended for wide receiver Terry Glenn, in the fourth quarter. Thomas started The second best result is Zach R Thomas age 30s in Camarillo, CA in the Central Camarillo neighborhood. [17] His injury sidelined him for the remainder of the preseason and he was also inactive for the Miami Dolphins' 16–10 season-opening victory against the Indianapolis Colts. [49] He also played under defensive coordinator Richard Smith and linebackers coach George Edwards. [51] On December 19, 2005, it was announced that Thomas was selected to play in the 2006 Pro Bowl, marking his seventh Pro Bowl selection of his career. On August 4, 1997, Thomas sustained a fractured fibula during the Dolphins' 38–19 win against the Denver Broncos in their first preseason-opener. [32] Thomas was inactive for four games (Weeks 9–12) after aggravating his sprained ankle during a Week 8 loss at the New York Jets the previous week. Zac Thomas is a 6-1, 190-pound Dual-Threat Quarterback from Trussville, AL. [37], On January 23, 2006, the Miami Dolphins hired former Houston Texans' head coach Dom Capers as their new defensive coordinator. [37], An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Thomas agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs on April 11. [50] On December 11, 2005, Thomas recorded 11 combined tackles (nine solo), broke up a pass, and intercepted a pass attempt by Chargers' quarterback Drew Brees as the Dolphins defeated the San Diego Chargers 23–21 in Week 15. The agreement kept him under contract with Miami through 2008.[40][41]. [23] On November 1, 1998, he collected a season-high 14 combined tackles during a 30–24 loss at the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. [65] Thomas started alongside Bradie James and outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis. In a … On January 17, 2000, head coach Jimmy Johnson announced his decision to step down as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. [64] The signing of Thomas surprised media and observers, considering that he didn't have the previous experience or the size to play in the Cowboys 3-4 defense. 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[67] He finished the season with 94 combined tackles (65 solo), three pass deflections, and a sack in 16 games and 14 starts. Katina was married to Thomas' Dolphins' teammate Jason Taylor from 2000-2015 and has three children with him. Thomas was hit as he ran out of bounds during the fourth quarter. In Week 3, he collected a season-high 16 combined tackles (nine solo), broke up a pass, and made a sack during a 27–24 win against the Carolina Panthers. [7], The Miami Dolphins selected Thomas in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. Thomas made his first career tackle on Patriots' running back Curtis Martin and made his first career sack on Patriots' quarterback Drew Bledsoe for a six-yard loss in the first quarter. The following week, he made ten combined tackles as the Dolphins lost 62–7 at the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Round. He started alongside Twan Russell and Derrick Rodgers to begin the 2001 regular season.[34]. And for Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, the opportunity is knocking once again to break through after a prolonged wait to even make the finalist stage. [29] Thomas was selected to the 2000 Pro Bowl, marking the first Pro Bowl selection of his career. Thomas started alongside Morlon Greenwood and Junior Seau in 2004 after the Dolphins signed Seau during free agency. Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas left Saturday's win over Georgia State with an injury. Appalchian State quarterback Zac Thomas is one of my favorite players in the Sun Belt. His repeated concussions caused Thomas to have migraine headaches that lingered until being placed on the injured reserve list. [69], He suffered a concussion early in training camp and was eventually released on September 5, after not playing in any exhibition games. Head coach Shawn Clark said Thomas "looked good" in his return to the team facility yesterday. [37], On January 3, 2007, Miami Dolphins' head coach Nick Saban resigned from his position to accept the head coaching job with the University of Alabama. Thomas attended Texas Tech University, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. The bottom line is that Zach Thomas was making plays. He also owns the Zach's Club 54 in Amarillo and Lubbock. However, they also both suffered significant injury-driven physical declines soon after. But we absolutely are going to need him down the stretch, especially against teams like Kentucky/Mizzou etc. At their prime, they were absolute terrors, and deserved the reputation they got. Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a middle linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. [42] He was inactive for the Dolphins' Week 10 loss at the Tennessee Titans due to a groin injury. [15] Thomas finished his rookie season in 1996 with 153 combined tackles, three interceptions, and two sacks, while starting all 16 games. Thomas was also selected to play in the 2002 Pro Bowl. [16], Defensive coordinator Jim Bates retained Thomas as the starting middle linebacker. [46] Thomas injured his hamstring and was sidelined for three games (Weeks 13–15). The kid is a big time playmaker! Brother, Cameron, is a defensive lineman on the team ... Also received offers from Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico and UNLV ... Is majoring in interdisciplinary studies. [37] Head coach Dave Wannstedt chose to rest Thomas during the Dolphins' Week 17 win against the Buffalo Bills as they had already clinched a playoff berth. [35] In Week 5, he recorded nine combined tackles and made a season-high 1.5 sacks as the Dolphins lost 21–17 at the New York Jets. [16] Thomas was first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career as the Dolphins defense allowed the fewest points in the NFL. They have also lived in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Rosa Valley, CA. As a senior in 1995, he was a unanimous first-team All-American, the Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and a finalist for the Butkus Award. Zac Thomas profile page, biographical information, injury history and news [13] In Week 6, he collected 12 combined tackles in the Dolphins' 22–15 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. [31] Thomas was sidelined during the Dolphins' Week 5 victory at the Cincinnati Bengals due to a sprained ankle. In Week 14, Thomas recorded six combined tackles and made a season-high two interceptions in the Dolphins' 27–17 win at the Oakland Raiders. Nick Saban almost came to blows with two NFL stars during his stint as Miami Dolphins head coach in 2004. [5] Miami Dolphins' special teams coordinator, Mike Westhoff, was sent to Texas by the Dolphins to meet with Thomas and scout him for their special teams unit. Thomas remained the starting middle linebacker, alongside outside linebackers Channing Crowder and Joey Porter. He attended White Deer Schools in White Deer, Texas until he was a sophomore then transferred to Pampa High School in his junior year. [33] He finished the 2000 season with 99 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception in 11 games and 11 starts. Ray Lewis (2,061) and Junior Seau (1,846). [6] Thomas was considered to be too small and not fast or athletic enough to play at the professional level according to scouts and draft experts. [4], Thomas attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but had a performance that was described as lousy and included a 28.5" vertical jump. On October 21, 2005, Thomas made 14 combined tackles (eight solo) as the Dolphins lost 30–20 to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. He played college football for Texas Tech University, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American. It is by far one of the most devastating injuries we've seen recently, but there are still some valuable learning points in it. [52] He tied for the third most Pro Bowl appearances in club history; this is also the record for most Pro Bowl selections among all defensive players in the Dolphins' Thomas' father, Steve Thomas, is the builder and proprietor of the second largest cross in the Western Hemisphere, located in Groom, Texas. [35] Thomas intercepted a pass by Titans backup quarterback Neil O'Donnell, that was intended for tight end Erron Kinney, and returned it for a 34-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. (84 solo), six pass deflections, three interceptions, and a sack in 15 games and 15 starts. [68] The one-year contract was worth $2 million. [25] He started in all 16 games in 1998 and recorded 133 combined tackles, three interceptions, and two sacks. re: Cam Thomas injury Posted by sabes que on 1/9/21 at 11:20 pm to pkf4lsu I mean that’s great other guys got reps, and that we were still able to win and play well without him. Wannstedt opted to retain Thomas as the starting middle linebacker, alongside Robert Jones and Derrick Rodgers. [62] On February 14, 2008, the Miami Dolphins released Thomas after announcing that he no longer fit into their long term plans and his contract was terminated. [2] He recorded 390 tackles, including a career-high 131 tackles and a school-record 20 tackles against Missouri in his senior season. [36] The following week, he collected a career-high 18 combined tackles (nine solo) during an 18–15 victory against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. On January 1, 2008, the Miami Dolphins fired head coach Cam Cameron after a 1-15 record. [45] On November 9, 2004, head coach Dave Wannstedt unexpectedly announced his resignation as the Miami Dolphins' head coach after they declined and fell to a 1-8 record. Head coach Nick Saban retained Thomas as the starting middle linebacker in 2005. This page was last edited on 4 January 2021, at 05:59. Zach Thomas (76) has re-earned a starting offensive line job at SDSU after suffering a torn ACL in the third game last season. On January 2, 1999, Thomas recorded eight combined tackles during a 24–17 win against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wildcard Game. [61] He finished the 2007 season with 52 combined tackles (42 solo), two pass deflections, and a sack in five games and five starts.[37]. [70] In October, he filed a grievance against the Chiefs for releasing him without an injury settlement while recovering.[71]. Thomas was the 18th linebacker drafted in a linebacker class that included Ray Lewis, Tedy Bruschi, Donnie Edwards, and Kevin Hardy. Zach Miller of the Chicago Bears suffered a knee dislocation that resulted in him nearly losing his leg. Gesicki was always a long shot to play after suffering an ugly shoulder injury the week before. [74] Thomas is married to Maritza Thomas. Zach Miller of the Chicago Bears suffered a knee dislocation that resulted in him nearly losing his leg. He started in the Miami Dolphins' season-opener at the Tennessee Titans and recorded nine combined tackles, deflected two passes, and returned an interception for a touchdown in their 31–23 victory. The team did see some reinforcements in Week 16, only to see one such returning play succumb to a new injury against the Raiders: receiver Jakeem Grant departed in the first half with a scary looking leg injury. Defensive coordinator Jim Bates was promoted to interim head coach for the last seven games of the regular season. He started alongside outside linebackers Anthony Harris and Derrick Rodgers. He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Miami Dolphins' season-opener at the New England Patriots and made nine combined tackles and his first career sack in their 24–10 victory. On December 28, 1997, Thomas started in his first career playoff game and recorded ten combined tackles during the Dolphins 17–3 loss at the New England Patriots won the AFC Wildcard Game. [60] On December 20, 2007, the Miami Dolphins hired Bill Parcells as their head of football operations. https://www.espn.com/college-football/player/_/id/4036429/zac-thomas On October 13, 1996, Thomas recorded 11 combined tackles, a sack, and made his first career interception during a 21–7 win at the Buffalo Bills in Week 7. [12] The following week, he collected a season-high 15 combined tackles as the Dolphins defeated the Arizona Cardinals 38–10. BOONE, N.C. — It was an unpleasant scene on Saturday night in Kedd Brewer Stadium, as an ambulance drove away with injured Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas. Thomas has a 247Sports rating of 81, making him a 3-star prospect. The Miami Dolphins finished second in the AFC East in 2001 with an 11–5 record. [3] Thomas and his brother Bart were the only pair of brothers to be named first-team All-Southwest Conference selections in the same year. [59] On December 4, 2007, the Miami Dolphins officially placed Thomas on injured reserve after he missed five games (Weeks 8–13) due to his Zac Thomas was only a two star quarterback at Hewitt-Trussville High School but the 6010 quarterback is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Alabama quarterback and former Huskies QB Jay Barker to be the next QB to make it to the NFL. the 2005 season alongside outside linebackers Channing Crowder and Junior Seau. [47] On December 26, 2004, Thomas collected a season-high 18 combined tackles (nine solo) during the Dolphins' 10–7 victory against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16. Former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas is on the ballot once again in hopes of finding his place in Canton. [72] Katina filed for divorce on January 25, 2015, and it was officially finalized on February 10, 2015. Thomas broke through to … In addition to being a seven-time All-Pro selection by the Associated Press and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Thomas earned the following awards and honors in his NFL career: Thomas was raised in Pampa, Texas by his parents, Steve and Bobby Thomas. [44] He finished the 2002 season with 152 combined tackles The Miami Dolphins finished second in the AFC East with a 10–6 record and earned a playoff berth. [43] On November 27, 2003, Thomas made six combined tackles, a pass deflection, a sack, and an interception during a 40–21 victory at the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. [58], He started in the Miami Dolphins' season-opener at the Washington Redskins and collected a season-high 13 combined tackles (nine solo) and made one sack in their 16–13 loss. On February 23, 2008, the Dallas Cowboys signed Thomas to a one-year, $3 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $1 million. [16] Thomas was a 1997 Pro Bowl alternate and an All-Rookie selection in 1996. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, and seven-time first or second team All-Pro, Thomas recorded more than 1,700 combined tackles in his career,[1] was named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1996, a two-time NFL Alumni Linebacker of the Year, and was selected to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. On September 16, 2007, Thomas recorded ten combined tackles and broke up two passes before exiting the game due to a concussion he suffered while tackling Cowboys' fullback Oliver Hoyte in the third quarter of their 37–10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. [35], Thomas returned as the starting middle linebacker under head coach Dave Wannstedt and started alongside outside linebackers Derrick Rodgers and Morlon Greenwood. [56] Thomas started all 16 games in 2006 and recorded a career-high 165 combined tackles (103 solo), nine passes defensed, three sacks, and an interception. On October 27, 1997, Thomas tied his season-high of 12 combined tackles in the Dolphins' 36–33 loss at the Chicago Bears in Week 9. [37] The Miami Dolphins finished with a disappointing record of 4–12 and the remaining coaching staff was fired after the season. [9] He impressed the Dolphins' coaching staff during training camp and quickly rose up the depth chart to compete for the job as the starting middle linebacker against Jack Del Rio. Capers opted to retain Thomas as the starting middle linebacker and named Channing Crowder and Donnie Spragan the starting outside linebackers. 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