Countdown to the Big Game: Day 22 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Countdown to the Big Game: Day 22

New Orleans Saints cornerback Fred Thomas catches a pass during practice, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at football training camp in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) New Orleans Saints cornerback Fred Thomas catches a pass during practice, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at football training camp in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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We continued our countdown of Heartland football excellence with former UT Martin standout Fred Thomas at number 22.

Thomas was one of college football's top defensive backs in 1996. He was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks.

He went on to play for Seattle until 1999 before joining the New Orleans Saints, where he played until 2007.

Thomas finished his Saints career with 13 interceptions and 5 racks. He also recorded 91 tackles in the 2002 season.

For a full list of people from the Heartland with NFL ties, you can click here.

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