Edmonton Eskimos

Jim Thomas - Running Back - 1963-71 - Mississippi Industrial

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He was nicknamed “Long Gone” for good reason. Jim Thomas came to the Eskimos in 1963 out of the  Mississippi Industrial. He had explosive running ability and made an immediate impact with over 600 rushing yards in his rookie season.

Not only did he have an explosive running style, but Eskimos running back Jim Thomas set a team record for the longest touchdown run with a 104-yard TD against the B.C. Lions on Oct.9, 1965. That record still holds today.
 

In fact, Thomas has the three longest rushing TDs in Eskimos history with a 100-yard TD against Winnipeg on Aug.2, 1966 and a 97-yard TD against Ottawa on Sept.4, 1964. Thomas played for the Eskimos during a down time in their history but he was one of the bright lights on the team and a fan favourite.
 

The Columbus, MS product played nine seasons with the Green and Gold (1963-71) and will go down as one of the best running backs in Eskimos history. Thomas was a two-time CFL All-Star (1966-67) and a nine-time Divisional All-Star (1963-71).

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Jim Thomas   Mississippi Industrial
  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1963 Edm 141 605 4.3 29 5
1964 Edm 74 429 5.8 97 2
1965 Edm 115 981 8.5 104 7
1966 Edm 156 989 6.3 100 6
1967 Edm 172 1,006 5.8 71 6
1968 Edm 161 881 5.5 59 6
1969 Edm 190 849 4.5 64 4
1970 Edm 78 374 4.8 64 1
1971 Edm 24 47 2.0 16 0
Total 9 1111 6,161 5.5 104 37

 

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1963 Edm 12 145 12.1 36 1
1964 Edm 20 366 18.3 88 2
1965 Edm 19 277 14.6 70 2
1966 Edm 26 298 11.5 67 3
1967 Edm 22 265 12.0 55 2
1968 Edm 40 369 9.2 52 0
1969 Edm 46 505 11.0 41 1
1970 Edm 24 320 13.3 58 3
1971 Edm 12 97 8.1 20 0
Total 9 221 2,642 12.0 88 14