Adalius Thomas attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a prolific defensive player. In college he wore #97. In the 1998-99 season, Thomas was a First Team All-American and tied for Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas was also the MVP of the 1999 Liberty Bowl. The 2000 Senior Bowl was Thomas's final college game. Thomas has emerged as one of the best linebackers in the league.
Adalius Thomas was a sixth round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 (pick 186). Competing with Peter Boulware and Michael McCrary for playing time, Thomas made only 89 tackles in his first three years. In 2003, Thomas was recognized for his special teams play and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. That year, he registered 34 tackles (23 of them on special teams) 8 passes defended, 4 sacks and a forced fumble.
Thomas was a backup linebacker until 2004, when he was finally began to shine. That year he amassed 72 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 5 passes defended, an interception and 8 sacks. In 2005, Thomas enjoyed his finest year to date. With Boulware relegated to situational pass-rush duty, Thomas was named the starting left outside linebacker, where he accumulated 84 total tackles and 9 sacks. In the absence of Ray Lewis, Thomas stepped up as the leader of the Ravens Squad, becoming the first ever player to play 5 defensive positions (DE, OLB, MLB, Safety, and CB) in one game (a feat he recorded three times).Despite leading the league in defensive touchdowns (3), Thomas was not voted to the Pro Bowl in 2005.
Thomas finally got recognition in 2006, where he helped a Ravens defense that was ranked #1 overall, and finished 13-3 getting the #2 seed in the playoffs (ultimately losing to the Colts). He also earned his 2nd Pro Bowl bid to the 2007 Pro Bowl. In the game he returned a Marc Bulger fumble for a touchdown.
On March 2, 2007, Adalius Thomas signed a 5 year contract worth $35 million, including $20 million in guaranteed money. He joins a talented New England linebacking core that features Rosevelt Colvin on the outside, along with Mike Vrabel and Tedy Bruschi on the inside.
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