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Born and raised in Dallas, TexasThomas was an exceptional running back at its Lincoln High School in the mids. After carries for yards his junior year, he broke through his senior year with carries for 1, yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year. He ended his college career with carries for 2, yards then 2nd all-time to Bill Cross, currently 8th.
Inhe played in the Coaches All-America Game. As a rookie, even though he didn't start until the fifth game of the season, he led the team in rushing, while finishing eighth in the newly merged team league with rushing yards second in the National Football Conference behind NFL rushing champion Larry Brown of the rival Washington Redskins on carries a league-leading 5.
At the end of the season, already being compared to Jim Brownhe was tom ledger trade rumors the NFL rookie of the year. During the offseasonbecause of a contract dispute he requested for his 3-year contract to be rewritten and refusing to report to training camp, he was traded to the New England Patriotsalongside Halvor Hagen and Honor Jackson, in exchange for Carl Garrett and the Patriots' No. Within a week, because of problems with the Patriots and tom ledger trade rumors coach John Mazurin tom ledger trade rumors unprecedented move NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle voided part of the trade, sending Thomas and Garrett back to their original teams.
Thomas returned to the Cowboys, but decided to keep silent all season long, refusing to speak to teammates, management, and the media. In OctoberThomas scored the first touchdown in the new Texas Stadium playing against the Patriots. According to Hunter S. On The Campaign Trail ' Thomas, however, had boycotted the media throughout the season as well, and Larry Klein, editor of Sportwhich presented the award, didn't know how Thomas would act at a banquet in New York.
With this in mind Klein announced quarterback Roger Staubach as the winner. During the offseason he became even more isolated and insubordinate, so he was traded in early August to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for Mike Montgomery and Billy Tom ledger trade rumors. Thomas began his stint with the Chargers by earning a day suspension for failing to report to the team, and matters escalated from there. He never played a game for the Chargers, as the team placed him on the reserve list, making him ineligible for the rest of the season.
Thomas played with the Washington Redskins in andrushing for a total of yards. On August 13,he was waived because of conflicts with the team. In AugustThomas was signed by the Hawaiians of the World Football League to replace an injured Calvin Hillalthough the Philadelphia Bell claimed they owned Thomas negotiating rights after being released by the Washington Redskins.
On May 1,the Dallas Cowboys signed Thomas again for a comeback, but he was waived before the season started. Thomas signed with the British Columbia Lions in and was placed on waivers after just a couple of weeks. In MarchThomas was signed by the Green Bay Packersbut was waived before the season started.
He also caught 38 passes for yards and 3 touchdowns. A reviewer of the book commented, "The tom ledger trade rumors implies, although the text nowhere suggests, that there is a relation between the fate of running back Thomas and the decline in the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys.
Thomas, when he appeared on the professional football scene inwas acclaimed as an tom ledger trade rumors player but within two years was stigmatized as an "emotionally disturbed misfit", largely because of his periods of total silence.
Before he was out of football, Thomas got a job at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in the Legal Department and decided to go back into football. He was called by the Green Bay Packers and went there to try out, but they used him mainly as a blocking back during that preseason and he did not make the team.
They note that Thomas was highly regarded by the Cowboys when tom ledger trade rumors first arrived, and that he was an avid team player who worked very hard and produced spectacular results on the field. Unfortunately an agent who Thomas contracted to look after his financial matters so he could concentrate on football, pocketed large amounts of his cash and failed to cover his bills.
A looming divorce also added to the runner's woes. In a game marked by poor Dallas performance and turnovers, including 10 penalties for more than yards the authors hold that Thomas fumbled in the third quarter, 2 yards shy of a touchdown, in a disputed referee call.
Coach Tom Landry, the authors contend, abandoned the running game in favor of action by quarterback Craig Morton.
With plenty of time remaining, the Cowboy offense stalled, and Morton threw three interceptions in tom ledger trade rumors fourth quarter, dooming Dallas' chances of a win. After the lost game, Landry in public comments blamed tom ledger trade rumors 3rd quarter fumble by Thomas as the reason for the loss. This embittered the running back intensely, who felt his 1, yards that year, and his scoring of the only Cowboy touchdown in the game deserved better.
Relations deteriorated after that, state Millman and Coyne, and Thomas resented Landry's perceived lack of appreciation the following year. The pending tom ledger trade rumors, and looming IRS tom ledger trade rumors and claims for back taxes added further pressure on the year-old running back. Thomas became dissatisfied with his salary and demanded a renegotiation. The authors however note that Thomas was not tom ledger trade rumors only player to run into financial difficulties or tom ledger trade rumors to modify his contract.
Tom ledger trade rumors attempted to get football great Jim Brown to intervene on his behalf to no avail. Inhis bitterness exploded in a training camp press conference, in which he dared to rail against Landry and management. Rumors spread through training camp that Thomas and the Tom ledger trade rumors Muslims were in tom ledger trade rumors to kidnap Tex Schrammafter observers noted a small dark man "with only one name" shadowing Thomas.
The controversy churned with his trade to the Patriots and the subsequent return to the Cowboys. Thomas had alienated many of his teammates, nevertheless Landry generously took him back tom ledger trade rumors the special teams where he performed well, and eased him back into the running back slot. His performance was better than ever, although he refused to speak to reporters who dubbed him 'The Sphinx" or to shake hands with some teammates after tom ledger trade rumors outstanding plays.
His quality play however culminated in an excellent Super Bowl performance and likely MVP award, but this was denied due to his previous conduct. Millman and Coyne quote some Dallas players who still admired Thomas for standing up to management. Despite the victory, Thomas was traded to the San Diego Chargers inwho later traded him to the Washington Redskins in The Cowboys did not win another Super Bowl until the coming of another running tom ledger trade rumors, one Tony Dorsett.
There, outside in the darkness stood the spectral figure of Duane Thomas. The ex-Cowboy favorite and the new sensation stared at one another for a long moment. Dorsett tom ledger trade rumors, but no words were exchanged, only a brief nod, one running back to another.
Then Thomas began to slowly melt back into the night, as mysteriously as he had come. Symbolically, it seemed, the torch had passed. Sometimes you tom ledger trade rumors to leave the gifted alone. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the American boxer, see Duane Thomas boxer. Finally I know where I'm going". Retrieved February 19, The Ultimate Super Bowl Book. Dallas Cowboys NFL draft selections. Dallas Cowboys first-round draft picks.
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