Players

Michael Thomas
SS #31
Height:
5-11
Weight:
195
College:
Stanford
Experience:
5

Biography

PRO CAREER

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by the Dolphins off San Francisco’s practice squad on Dec. 10, 2013 … Signed to San Francisco’s practice squad on Sept. 2, 2013 … Waived by San Francisco on Aug. 31, 2013 … Signed by San Francisco on Feb. 11, 2013 … Signed to San Francisco’s practice squad on Sept. 1, 2012 … Waived by San Francisco on Aug. 31, 2012 … Originally signed by San Francisco as an undrafted college free agent on May 4, 2012.

2017 (Dolphins) - Played in 13 games with two starts ... Inactive for two games ... Placed on injured reserve on Dec. 29 ... Recorded 16 tackles (nine solo) and one pass defensed ... Leads the team with 11 special teams tackles ... Made two special teams tackles at L.A. Chargers (9/17) ... Recorded two tackles (one solo) at N.Y. Jets (9/24) … Added one special teams tackle ... Downed a P Matt Haack punt at the Titans' 6-yard line in the second quarter vs. Tennessee (10/8) ... Downed another P Matt Haack punt at Tennessee's 7-yard line in the third quarter ... Made one solo tackle at Atlanta (10/15) ... Tackled P Matt Bosher at the Miami 48-yard line after Atlanta fumbled the snap prior to the punt ... Recorded three tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed at Baltimore (10/26) ... Entered the game for an injured S Nate Allen in the second quarter ... Also made one special teams tackle ... Started vs. Oakland (11/5) and recorded four tackles (one solo) ... Tallied two special teams tackles (one solo) at Carolina (11/13) ... Recorded one assisted special teams tackle vs. Tampa Bay (11/19) ... Started at New England and recorded a season-high five tackles (three solo) ... Recovered a punt blocked by DE Terrence Fede in the third quarter vs. Denver (12/3) ... Posted one assisted special teams tackle vs. New England (12/11) ... Recovered an onside kick attempt by New England with 53 seconds remaining in the game ... Selected by teammates to serve as a season-long captain.

2016 (Dolphins) -Played in 16 games with eight starts ... Recorded 39 tackles (27 total), one sack, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... Tied for the NFL lead with 19 special teams tackles ... Registered three tackles (two solo), one sack and a forced fumble at New England (9/18/16) ... Sacked QB Jacoby Brissett for a loss of 8 yards and a forced fumble in the fourth quarter ... The forced fumble and sack were both the first of his career ... Recorded six tackles (four solo) and his first career fumble recovery at Baltimore (12/4) ... Recovered a loose ball, returning it 27 yards in the fourth quarter ... Made a season-high eight tackles (seven solo) in the 34-31 win at Buffalo (12/24) ... Forced RB Mike Gillislee to fumble on a kickoff return in the second quarter ... Served as a season-long captain for the Dolphins ...

POSTSEASON: Recorded six tackles (three solo), one interception and one pass defensed in the AFC Wild Card game at Pittsburgh (1/8/17) ... Intercepted QB Ben Roethlisberger, returning it 16 yards ... Converted a fake punt on fourth-and-1 at the Miami 41-yard line and rushed for 3 yards ... It was the first rush of his career ... He is the first player in Dolphins history to intercept a pass and have a rushing attempt in the same game and the first NFL player to do this in any game since Nov. 18, 2012 (Panthers S Haruki Nakamura) ... He is the first NFL player since the 1998 season to have at least one interception and one rushing attempt in a playoff game ...

HONORS: Awarded the Good Guy Award, voted on annually by the local media.

2015 (Dolphins) -Played in 16 games with 13 starts … Recorded 71 tackles (56 solo) and two passes defensed on defense … Added 14 special teams tackles (10 solo) … Made five tackles (two solo) and one special teams stop at New England (10/29) ... Registered eight tackles (four solo) and two special teams stops (one solo) at N.Y. Jets (11/29) ... Totaled a season-high 11 tackles (10 solo), three solo special teams stops and one pass defensed at San Diego (12/20) ...  Recorded six tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed in a 20-10 victory vs. New England (1/3/16) ...

HONORS: Earned the team’s Nat Moore Community Service Award, given annually to the Dolphins player recognized for his involvement in the South Florida community ... Winner is chosen by the Miami Dolphins Foundation ... Earned the award due to his consistently positive attitude and taking initiative off the field ... Earned first-team All-Pro honors on special teams from Pro Football Focus.

2014 (Dolphins) - Played in eight games with two starts ... Recorded eight tackles (six solo) on defense and 10 tackles (one solo) on special teams ... Registered two special teams tackles vs. New England (9/7) ... Made his first career start at Buffalo (9/14) and posted three tackles ... Made two special teams tackles vs. Kansas City (9/21) ... Recorded one solo tackle at Oakland in London (9/28) and added two special teams tackles ... Started at nickel corner and recorded one tackle at Chicago (10/19) ... Recovered a first quarter field goal that was blocked by DE Olivier Vernon and ran it back for 18 yards at Jacksonville (10/26) ... Also added two tackles and one special teams stop ... Recorded one solo tackle and two special teams stops vs. San Diego (11/2) ... Placed on injured reserve on Nov. 3 and missed the remainder of the season.

2013 (49ers/Dolphins) -Played in three games for the Dolphins ... Recorded two solo tackles and an interception on defense ... Added one tackle on special teams ... Spent the first 14 weeks of the season on the San Francisco’s practice squad ... Made NFL debut vs. New England (12/15) and saw extensive playing time in the fourth quarter following injuries to cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Brent Grimes ... With the Dolphins protecting a 24-20 lead with 27 seconds left in the game and the Patriots on the Dolphins’ 19-yard line, Thomas broke up a Tom Brady pass on first down in the end zone that was intended for Danny Amendola ... On fourth-and-5 on Miami’s 14-yard line with 7 seconds left in regulation time, Thomas intercepted a pass in the end zone intended for Austin Collie to preserve the Dolphins’ victory ...

HONORS: Thomas was named as AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15 of the season for his efforts vs. New England (12/15) ... He was playing in his first career NFL game after being signed off the San Francisco’s practice squad five days earlier on Dec. 10 ... It marked the second time in team history a Dolphins player received an AFC Player of the Week award for his performance in his first career NFL game ... Following the 1996 season opener vs. New England on Sept. 1, rookie RB Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week when he rushed for 115 yards on 26 carries (4.4 avg.) with one touchdown in his first career NFL game to help the Dolphins to a 24-10 victory ... Thomas’ award was the first time a Dolphins defensive back won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week since Lance Schulters won it in Week 3 of the 2005 season.

2012 (49ers) - Spent the entire season on San Francisco’s practice squad.

COLLEGE

Four-year letterman at Stanford (2008-11) ... Played in 51 career games with 24 starts ... Recorded career totals of 189 tackles, 30 passes defensed, 12.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 2.5 sacks ... Played in all 13 games as a senior in 2011 ... Recorded 66 tackles (41 solo), one sack, three interceptions and five pass breakups ... Played in all 13 games as a junior in 2010 ... Recorded 61 tackles (43 solo), one interception, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors ... Named the Pac 10's Defensive Player of the Week after forcing two fumbles and returning a fumble recovery for a touchdown at UCLA (9/11) ... Played in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2009 ... Recorded 23 tackles (16 solo), 0.5 sacks and five pass breakups ... Added 10 kickoff returns for 228 yards (22.8 avg.) ... Played in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2008 ... Recorded 39 tackles (23 solo), one sack, one interception and two pass breakups ... Added four rushes for 24 yards (6.0 avg.) ... Majored in sociology.

PERSONAL

Attended Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas ... Given an honorary key to the city of Fort Pierce, Florida by Mayor Linda Hudson on Oct. 20, 2015 for his involvement in the community ... Participated in a “Walk for Prayer” in his hometown of Houston in an effort to end violence … Hosted his second annual “Camp Mike T” in 2016 and introduced unique opportunities to kids by exposing them to computer science and college preparation programs ... Actively participated in a number of RISE events throughout the 2016 season … Participated in a ridealong with the Broward Sheriff’s Office ride along ... Actively volunteers with the Van Duzer Foundation's First Step Program, aiming to bring community leaders together with local children every Tuesday ... Created the Big Plays for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami in 2016 where individuals were encouraged to donate $1 for every turnover created by the Dolphins defense ... Worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami "Home for the Holidays" event to promote youth mentoring in 2016 ... Traveled to The Bahamas during the Dolphins' 2016 bye week to deliver building supplies to areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew ... Named the Week 14 NFLPA Community MVP for his work with youth mentorship in 2016 ... Partnered with Food for the Hungry and traveled to Haiti in March 2017 with his wife, Gloria, NFL cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and safety Jonathan Meeks, to help raise funds to reduce poverty in the country ... Recognized during National Volunteer Week with the Daily Point of Light Award, which honors those who take action to create change in their communities ... Also participated in the 2017 Miami Dolphins Business Combine… Married to wife, Gloria ... The couple has a daughter ... Born on March 17, 1990.
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 56 191 143 48 1 0 6 1 0 0 -- 0
2017 MIA 13 27 16 11 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2016 MIA 16 58 43 15 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2015 MIA 16 85 66 19 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIA 8 18 15 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIA 3 3 3 0 0 -- 2 1 0 0 -- 0

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