Michael Thomas is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State. Thomas holds the NFL record for the most receptions by a player through his first four seasons with 470 along with the most receptions by a player in a single season with 149. He led the league in receptions in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, while also leading the league in yardage in the 2019 season.
Thomas attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. As a senior, he had 86 receptions for a state-leading 1,656 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Toreadors football team. Thomas was ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit. He committed to Ohio State University to play college football. Thomas attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year after high school and was roommates with fellow Ohio State teammate Cardale Jones.
Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2012. He had three receptions for 22 yards in the 2012 season. As a sophomore in 2013, Thomas was redshirted.
Thomas entered his redshirt sophomore season in 2014 as a backup, but eventually took over as a starting wide receiver. He ended the season leading the team in receptions with 54 for 799 yards and nine touchdowns. In the National Semifinals against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, he had seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
On April 29, 2016, Thomas was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round (47th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the sixth wide receiver to be selected that year. Similarly, on May 9, 2016, the Saints signed Thomas to a four-year, $5.11 million contract with $2.60 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.92 million. The Saints named Thomas one of their starting wide receivers, along with Brandin Cooks, for the season opener against the Oakland Raiders.
He finished his first NFL start with six receptions for 58 yards. Moreover, on September 26, 2016, he caught his first NFL touchdown on a three-yard pass from Drew Brees during the second quarter of a Monday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Further, Thomas finished the 45–32 loss with seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. On October 23, 2016, he had his first game with over 100 receiving yards after he finished with a season-high ten receptions for 130 yards in a 21–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Personal life & Family
Thomas is the nephew of former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Thomas is a Christian.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has career earnings of $4.11M over three seasons, which ranks th among active NFL players entering 2019. He earned $1.4M in 2018, which ranked 90th among WRs and 803rd overall in the NFL. Thomas ranks 23rd on the Saints active roster with a $1.63M cap hit for 2019. He ranked 30th in 2018 at $1.4M.
His 2019 cap hit is 0.9 percent of the Saints’ cap total for the season. Thomas had 180 receiving yards last season. The average for WRs with 1,000 or more receiving yards in 2018 was 0.8 percent of the team’s total cap hit.
- Full Name: Michael William Thomas Jr.
- Date of Birth: March 3, 1993
- Age: 27 years
- Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
- Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
- Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
- Career information
- High school: William Howard Taft (Woodland Hills, California)
- College: Ohio State
- NFL Draft: since 2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
- Current team: New Orleans Saints (#13 / Wide receiver)
- Education: Taft Charter High School, The Ohio State University, Fork Union Military Academy
- Dates joined: 2012 (Ohio State Buckeyes football), 2016 (New Orleans Saints)
- Awards: Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award
- Position: Wide receiver
- Net Worth: N/A
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