Meet the Eagles: Tra Thomas
Tra Thomas
Tra Thomas

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Posted Jul 13, 2003


Tra Thomas has been to the Pro-Bowl, the NFC Championship game, and has become a leader on the offensive line. But he isn’t satisfied. Thomas was manhandled by Simeon Rice in the championship game last season, and is looking for redemption, and a trip to the Super Bowl this season. Once a first round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, Thomas has blossomed into a player the Birds hope spends his entire career wearing midnight green. We profile him today at Eagles Insider.

All of his life, Tra Thomas has played against top-notch competition. Ever since his days at Florida State when Thomas practiced against players like Andre Wadsworth, Peter Boulware and Greg Spiers he was honing his skills, in hopes of someday being the greatest left tackle in the game. He wants to be compared to Art Shell and Anthony Munoz someday, and at this pace, he will be. Judging by his performance so far in his professional career, he is on the pathway towards succeeding in that mission.

All of his life, Tra Thomas has played against top-notch competition. Ever since his days at Florida State when Thomas practiced against players like Andre Wadsworth, Peter Boulware and Greg Spiers he was honing his skills, in hopes of someday being the greatest left tackle in the game. He wants to be compared to Art Shell and Anthony Munoz someday, and at this pace, he will be. Judging by his performance so far in his professional career, he is on the pathway towards succeeding in that mission.

Drafted out of Florida State in 1998, Thomas made an immediate impact on this offensive line. Thomas has helped pave the way for Duce Staley’s 1,000 yard rushing seasons, been part of an offense that scored the most points in franchise history, and has formed a cohesion with his teammates that makes this group so special. Along with right tackle John Runyan, the Eagles have the perfect tandem of bookend tackles. These two are near shoe ins every year for the Pro-Bowl.

Thomas is one of the team’s most reliable blockers. Yet, as solid as Thomas is, he does have his drawbacks, but he does struggle at times. Tra seems to have difficulty against quicker defensive ends, but who doesn’t, and he holds the ultimate task of anyone on the line: protecting Donovan McNabb’s blind side. McNabb is coming off of an ankle injury, and seems to be completely healthy in 2003. Thomas needs to be on top of his game to keep defenders away from the franchise quarterback. If Thomas continues to play the way he did when Koy Detmer and A.J. Feeley were in the lineup, McNabb’s safety is all but guaranteed.

2003 looks to be an impressive season for Thomas. If he wants to return to the Pro-Bowl, and take the next step towards all time greatness, he will need to play better than he did in the NFC title game. Tra Thomas is key to the future of this team. This offensive line has been together as a unit for three years, and continues to improve. If the line can continue playing as well as it has, then people may be comparing this line to the greatest lines in NFL history. Tra Thomas was one of the first pieces to that puzzle.


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