William Thomas, who played nine seasons at linebacker for the Eagles and made two Pro Bowls, will be an honorary alumni captain for Sunday’s game against the Bears at the Linc.
Thomas, now refereeing Pennsylvania high school football with aspirations of becoming a pro referee (see story), will be honored at halftime on the Miller Lite Phlite Deck.
Thomas was drafted by Rich Kotite and also played for Ray Rhodes and Andy Reid before finishing his career with the Raiders. He totaled 727 tackles, 37 sacks, 27 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries and 10 forced fumbles.
He’s one of just two linebackers in NFL history, the other being Ray Lewis, with at least 25 career sacks and 25 interceptions.
Thomas played in 140 games with the Eagles, second-most in franchise history by a linebacker, and ranks 10th in team history with 33 sacks.
Thomas’ seven interceptions in 1995, the first of his two straight Pro Bowl seasons, still stands as the most by an Eagles linebacker or defensive lineman. He also returned two fumbles for touchdowns, tying him for second-most in team history.
In 2012, Thomas passed his PIAA officiating test and has been serving as a referee for area high school games. Thomas, who lives in Berks County, volunteered his time as a linebackers coach for Conrad Weiser High School outside of Reading.