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Eugene Thomas

This former three-sport North High School athlete and Akron native parlayed an excellent two-way career at Florida A & M into professional football with the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. Fortunately, Eugene Thomas' rookie season, as primarily a blocking back, proved to be the highlight of his professional football career. The year was 1966 and the Chiefs captured the AFL Championship before going down to defeat to the Vince Lombardi-coached Green Bay Packers, 35-10, in the first Super Bowl. Thomas now joins Green Bay linebacker Dave Robinson and Miami Dolphin fullback Larry Csonka as the only Super Bowl participants in the SCSHOF. Thomas' playing days with the Chiefs ended the next year when he was traded to the Boston Patriots where he finished his pro career in 1968. He then settled in Kansas City where he died in 1993 at the age of 50. At Florida A & M under the legendary coach A.S. "Jake" Gaither from 1963 to 1965, the 6-2, 210 pound Thomas was in the offensive backfield with "Bullet" Bob Hayes, the Olympic 100 meter gold medal winner, and was also a defensive back. During his three-year college career, the Rattlers record was 24 -6 and the wire services selected A & M as the small college national champions in 1964 with a 9-1 record. Thomas' personal stats increased each year. In 1963 he averaged 3.5 yards per carry; in '64 it went to 6.5 and in his senior year he averaged a whopping 15.5 yards and led the team with nine touchdowns. His collegiate career came to an end when he played in the annual Blue-Gray game in 1965.

Inducted 2001 | Football