Monday, June 16, 2008

1976 Topps #179 Earl Thomas

One of my favorite things about writing this blog is researching players that I know little about. Today I'm looking at Earl Thomas.

Thomas played tight end for the University of Houston from 1968 to 1970, one of the most productive offensive eras in UH history. There wasn't much information on Thomas in last year's media guide, so I turned to the Dallas Morning News archives from 1970.

1970 season highlights for Earl Thomas included:
9/19/1970: Versus Syracuse, he had a 62 yard TD run
11/14/1970: Versus Wyoming, he caught a 65 yard TD pass from Gary Mullins.
11/21/1970: Versus Wake Forest, he caught a 47 yard TD pass from Joel DeSpain.
12/5/1970: Versus Miami, he threw a 47 yard end around TD pass to Elmo Wright

Thomas was the second leading receiver for the Coogs in 1970 behind Elmo Wright. He played in the North-South Shrine game and was drafted in the 6th round by the Chicago Bears.

Today's card is the 1976 Topps #179. This is a typical Topps football card of the '70s, fairly poor photography with basic statistics on the back. But I grew up with these cards so I still like them.

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