Ex-Raiders cornerback Skip Thomas dies at 61


Sad news from the Raiders family today, where it was learned that former Oakland Raiders cornerback Alonzo “Skip” Thomas died of a heart attack on Sunday. He was 61.
Nicknamed “Dr. Death.” Thomas spent all six years of his NFL career in Silver & Black after being selected by Oakland in the seventh round of the 1972 NFL draft. Thomas, who had 17 interceptions during his career, was a starting cornerback alongside Willie Brown for most of his career. His career was highlighted by a strong performance in the Raiders’ Super Bowl victory over Minnesota in Super Bowl XI in 1977.
Thomas’ death comes almost a year to the day that former defensive backfield teammate Jack Tatum passed away. Tatum died July 27, 2010.
Check back for reaction from the Raiders plus more from Jerry McDonald and Steve Corkran.


Jon Becker

  • Scottish Raider

    phew…football’s back.

    Hey Nation, your US Anti-trust legislation is mind-blowingly complicated and bizarre. Googled it…and got completely lost in lawyer-speak. Get the feeling that the involvement of lawyers added three months to the CBA process and added multi$m to the cost – which was probably the legal intent.

    It took two lawyers (Goodell & Smith) to figure out they were being taken for a legal ride. Remember the parable – those who bill by the hour have no incentive in a quick settlement.

    Sad to see the blogging back of Ol’ Jerry. But never forgave him for attacking St Lane of Kiffin. Don’t think he forgave me for calling him Jerry McDonut.

    Lets hope Steve’s first blog is the resigning of Z Miller and a few decent UFAs.

  • priesttj

    lefty12 It took me a long time to warm to Gannon but eventually I did because I saw his style was what I had issue with more than his ability. I saw the guy was a fierce competitor and extremely savvy and smart and a student of the game. He played within himself and the offense plus Gruden’s offense wasn’t exactly the mostaggressive in the league so he did what he had to do to start………….period

  • Dakota

    98.priesttj Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    The playing with confidence thing is fair but with the caveate it’s hard to do that when the players you’re working with are not ready for what your asking them to do. I think you’ll see a much more mature passing attack. Due to the confidence he has in his WR’s now. Most will say JC improved but I’ll say the passing game improved as a whole.

    Most fans focus only on what the QB is doing and not the passing game as a whole. Our WR’s leave a lot to desired as far as route running and that directly affects a QB’s confidence.

    True, Campbell hasn’t exactly been around a great group of WRs or o-linement, or even in the same system during his years with Washington and Oakland….too bad we can’t say that will change in 2011…other than the same system depending on what changes Saunders makes.

  • rofl

    Priesttj Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I have spent a ton of time studying JC this offseason and I would like to have a serious discussion with a knowledgeable fan capable of articulating what he’s incapable of doing….

  • Scottish Raider

    Holy smoke – just realised that Reece is on our FA list:

    Nnamdi Asomugha, CB – sadly too expensive
    Khalif Barnes, T – sadly too useless
    Michael Bush, RB – resign
    Charlie Frye, QB – surely we can do better?
    Robert Gallery, G – greetings from Seattle
    Bruce Gradkowski, QB – miss your mom’s pasta
    Mario Henderson, T – right not left
    Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR – shellshocked and out
    Thomas Howard, LB – maybe
    Michael Huff, S – head’n home to Texas
    Zach Miller, TE – please stay!
    Jarvis Moss, LB – cheap and meaningful
    Marcel Reece, FB – too good to go
    Langston Walker – enough third chances
    Sam Williams, LB – taxi!!

  • Plunketthead

    Nice one Beech : )

  • personal foul

    Thanks BigTed for the Skip Thomas video. That guy was the pure definition of class. No posing, no posturing, just kick your face in and walk away natural.

    THAT’S the Raider ball I grew up on.

    RIP Skip and all the Raiders gone before you.

  • Maitre d

    priesttj Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    I have spent a ton of time studying JC this offseason and I would like to have a serious discussion with a knowledgeable fan capable of articulating what he’s incapable of doing….


    But please good sir, tell me what he is CAPABLE of doing. We already know the incapable.