Eskimos Mourn the Passing of Jim Thomas
The Edmonton Eskimo Football Club mourns the passing of former running back Jim Thomas, who passed away on Oct. 4, 2015 at the age of 76.
Thomas spent nine years with the Green and Gold from 1963 to 1971. Nicknamed “Long Gone,” he ran for 6,161 career yards (third on the Eskimos All Time list) on 1,111 carries with 37 touchdowns.
Thomas holds the record for the three longest rushing touchdowns in Eskimos history — a 104-yard TD run on Oct. 9, 1965 against BC, a 100-yard TD run on Aug. 2, 1966 against Winnipeg and a 97-yard TD run on Sept. 4, 1964 against Ottawa.
He also recorded 221 receptions for 2,642 yards and 14 touchdowns.
A perennial West Division All-Star, he earned the honour in each of his nine seasons with Edmonton and was named a CFL All-Star twice (1966, 1967).
Thomas later became an educator and coach, coaching football and track at the high school and college level.
The Edmonton Eskimo Football Club extends our deepest condolences to his family and friends.