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About Art Thoms

Art was born October 20, 1946 in Teaneck, New Jersey

  • High School: Bricktown, NJ. Played football, basketball and baseball ~ football jersey retired
  • Post High School: One year prep school at Hargrave Military Academy, Chatam, VA - all-state virginia military school football league - jersey retired
  • College: Syracuse University, NY - received scholarship, coached by Ben Schwartzwalder
  • College Position: Defensive Tackle - starter for 3 years. all - american - MVP senior year
  • College All-Star Games: East-West Shrine, Hula Bowl and Senior Bowl
  • Professional Career: #1 draft choice, 1969, Oakland Raiders - third year became the starting defensive tackle
  • Pro Accomplishments: “all-pro” 4th, 5th, and 6th year. “NFL Defensive Player of the week” - 10/9/72 - for play against houston
  • Career Teams: Played a total of 8 years with the Raiders - including being a member of world champion Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI, coached by John Madden
  • Spent one year with the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Dick Vermeil
  • Post Professional Honor: November 7, 1999 - Selected to the Syracuse University 20th Century All-Star Team - one of 44 top players in the 20th century. Other members of the team include: Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Larry Csonka, Art Monk, John Mackey and Donavan McNabb.
  • According to “Silver & Black Illustrated” the 3rd best defensive tackle in the history of the Raiders behind Howie Long and Greg Towsend