If you were an offensive coordinator in the mid-80s, you hated facing Baylor. The Bear's secondary featured Ron Francis, a second-round pick in 1987, Ray Crockett, a thirteen year NFL vet and a fourth-round pick in 1989, Thomas Everett, a fourth-round pick in 1987 and eight-year NFL regular, and Johnny Thomas, a seventh-round pick in 1987 who played nine years in the league. Heck Anthony Coleman played for the Cowboys in 1987.
Slight of size but jet quick the 5-9, 170 pounds Thomas, from Houston Sterling signed with Baylor in the spring of 1982. At Baylor Thomas played both safety and corner, intercepting two passes in an upset of 6th ranked Texas in 1984.
Thomas was a world-class track athlete and competed at Baylor in the 400 and mile relay. The Baylor mile relay team set a SWC meet record in the spring of 1986 and were fastest in the world in both '85 and '86, and set a collegiate record in 1983.
Thomas went in the seventh round the Redskins and played a key role for the team as a nickel corner and on special teams. He also played for the Chargers, Browns, Eagles, and the World League before hanging up his cleats in 1996.