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Tra Thomas

Thomas during his tenure with the Eagles.
No. 72     Jacksonville Jaguars
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: November 20, 1974 (1974-11-20) (age 35)
Place of birth: DeLand, Florida
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Debuted in 1998 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Games played     166
Games started     165
Stats at NFL.com

William "Tra" Thomas, III (born November 20, 1974 in DeLand, Florida) is an American football offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 11th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Thomas is a one-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection in his career.

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Early years

Thomas attended DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida and was a letterman in football.

Professional career

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Philadelphia Eagles

Thomas was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 11th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles from 1998 to 2008, starting 165 of 166 games at left offensive tackle. He made three Pro Bowls with the Eagles.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On March 9, 2009, Thomas signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent.[1]

Name changes

Thomas' given name is William Thomas III; during the Ray Rhodes era, the Eagles had a Pro Bowl linebacker also named William Thomas. During his early years in the NFL, Thomas was referred to by his nickname, "Tra". However, before the 2006 season, Thomas requested to be called William Thomas. In April, 2008, he decided to return to Tra Thomas after the name William failed to catch on.[2]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jermane Mayberry
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Left Tackles
1998–2008
Succeeded by
Jason Peters

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