Orlando Paul Thomas was a defensive back who played his entire
career with the National Football League team the Minnesota Vikings.
Thomas, a second-round pick in 1995, spent seven seasons with the
Vikings. He stood 6'1" and weighed 225 pounds during his playing career.
He was a member of the 1998 team that went 15–1 and lost in overtime of
the NFC Championship. Thomas led the NFL in interceptions in his first
Minnesota Vikings season, with nine.
“Every day is a holiday,” his teammate Jim Kleinsasser said. “Orlando
always used to say that. It was his way of saying how blessed we were to
do what we were doing. He felt like it was a true honor to play for the
Vikings and be a member of the NFL.”
Thomas passed away from
complications of ALS on November 9, 2014, in his hometown of Crowley,
Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Demetra, and his two children,
Alexis and Orlando Jr.
Orlando Thomas's career NFL statistics:
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