B.C. Lions sign longtime NFL playmaker De’Anthony Thomas

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The B.C. Lions have signed American receiver and return specialist De’Anthony Thomas.

The 29-year-old brings six years of NFL experience after being selected in the fourth round, 124th overall, by Kansas City in the 2014 NFL Draft. Thomas played a role on offence and special teams with the Chiefs, suiting up in 61 games over six seasons (2014-19).

The Los Angeles native racked up a single-season career-high 1,156 all-purpose yards, including 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground, in his rookie year. He finished his tenure in Kansas City with 65 receptions for 509 yards and four touchdowns, 31 carries for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and 2,173 return yards with one touchdown.

Following his release from Kansas City in October 2019, Thomas landed with the Baltimore Ravens and suited up in the final eight regular season games. He recorded three kickoff returns for 71 yards in a postseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

After opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID, Thomas was released by the Ravens in January 2021.

A star in both football and track at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Thomas was one of California’s most highly-recruited high school players.

In 28 games over three seasons at Oregon, he recorded 4,122 all-purpose yards — including 1,372 yards on 52 kickoff returns — and scored 34 of his 38 touchdowns on offence.

Thomas scored two majors and had 312 all-purpose yards in Oregon’s Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin in January 2012. One year later, he returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown as the Ducks took down Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The dynamic athlete also starred in track at Oregon, finishing second in the 4 x 100 and fifth in the individual 200 metres at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships.