Earl Thomas is a three-time Pro Bowl free safety for the Seattle Seahawks. After earning All-American honors in 2009 at the University of Texas, he has made three All-Pro teams with the Seahawks.
Thomas was born in Orange, TX on May 7, 1989 and attended West Orange-Stark High School. He started three seasons for the Mustangs as a defensive back, running back, and wide receiver and earned all-state honors all three seasons. During his high school career, he recorded 112 tackles and 11 interceptions as a defensive back and amassed 1,850 rushing yards and 2,140 receiving yards on offense. On February 26, 2006, he chose to play college football at the University of Texas.
University of Texas
Thomas redshirted his first season at Texas, but became a full-time starter at strong safety in 2008. In his first season as a starter, he made 63 tackles and recorded 17 pass breakups, the most ever by a freshman in school history. He was chosen for several Freshman All-American teams, including the Sporting News and Rivals.com squads. As a redshirt sophomore the following season, he intercepted eight passes and returned two of them for touchdowns, eventually being named a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press and earning All-Big 12 first team honors. He decided to skip his final two years of eligibility and declared for the 2010 NFL Draft.
As one of the youngest players eligible for the draft, Thomas was selected 14th overall by the Seattle Seahawks and agreed to terms on a five-year, $21.1 million contract. He earned a starting job at free safety right away and started 16 games for Seattle as a rookie, making 76 tackles and five interceptions. During his second season in 2011, he made his first Pro Bowl and was an All-Pro second team selection after making 98 tackles and intercepting two passes. Following the season, he was named the 66th best player on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list.
Thomas continued to improve in 2012, making 66 tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown while helping Seattle return to the playoffs. He was a First-Team All-Pro selection and made his second Pro Bowl appearance. 2013 was a career-year for him, as he made a career-best 105 tackles and picked off five passes while guiding the Seahawks to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos. He earned All-Pro second team distinction for a second consecutive season and made his third straight Pro Bowl team.
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