John Russell Thomas (July 24, 1924 – March 19, 1991) was an American football tackle who played four seasons with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 1946 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State University and attended Charleston High School in Charleston, West Virginia. His playing career ended in 1949 after he suffered a knee injury. Thomas was an assistant coach on the Detroit Lions 1952 and 1953 NFL Championship teams. NFL He was general manager of the Detroit Lions from 1967 till his retirement in 1989.
By Dean Hanley
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