Defensive back J.T Thomas comes in at No. 44 on our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State football history. Thomas was the first black play in Florida State history. He has six interceptions as a sophomore in 1970 and finished his career with ten. Three of those interceptions came in a single game against Kansas State. He is still tied for second for the most interceptions in a single game in Florida State history. He was named to three All-American teams in 1972 including Time Magazine.
Thomas was drafted 24th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1973 NFL draft. He played in the NFL for 10 years and won four Super Bowls as a part of the “Steel Curtain” defense for the Steelers. He was named to the pro bowl in 1976. He finished his career with 20 interceptions including two for touchdowns.
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