Tra Thomas
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Thomas during his tenure with the Eagles.
No. 72
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1974-11-20) November 20, 1974 (age 47)
DeLand, Florida
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school:DeLand (DeLand, Florida)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:174
Games started:168
Player stats at · PFR

William "Tra" Thomas, III (born November 20, 1974) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League, who is currently the offensive line coach for IMG Academy. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 11th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles for 11 seasons, from 19982008. He played college football at Florida State.

Thomas was also a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers. He was a one-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection in his career.

Early years

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

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Thomas was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 11th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles from 19982008, 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] He was released on February 11, 2010.

San Diego Chargers

Thomas was signed by the San Diego Chargers to a one-year contract on June 9, 2010. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee during training camp.[2]


Thomas officially retired from the NFL as a Philadelphia Eagle on August 16, 2012.

Coaching career

Thomas rejoined the Philadelphia Eagles as a coaching intern in 2013, working primarily with the offensive line. He was hired following training camp as an offensive assistant coach. His contract expired after the 2014 season and he was not re-signed.[3]

He is currently the offensive line coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Broadcast career

In 2011, Thomas replaced Vaughn Hebron as an analyst for Eagles Post Game Live on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, which airs after every Philadelphia Eagles game. In 2019, Thomas joined 97.5 WPEN for their morning broadcast with Marc Farzetta. On March 31, 2020 Thomas was let go from 97.5 due to cutbacks by Beasely Media Group.[4]

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.[5]


  1. ^ "Thomas to sign with Jaguars". Jaguars. 9 March 2009.
  2. ^ Acee, Kevin (August 21, 2010). "Tra Thomas to retire". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  3. ^ "Eagles coaching moves: Tra Thomas no longer assistant". February 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  4. ^ Tanenbaum, Michael (31 March 2020). "Former Eagle Tra Thomas let go by 97.5 The Fanatic due to cutbacks". PhillyVoice.
  5. ^ Musing On Smith Move, Reid Interview, More - Philadelphia Eagles
Sporting positions Preceded byJermane Mayberry Philadelphia Eagles Starting Left Tackles 1998–2008 Succeeded byJason Peters