Thomas has been an exceptional find for the Saints – first signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007, he earned a roster spot as a rookie, excelling on special teams. He’s evolved into one of the most productive running backs in team history as an equally versatile threat in the backfield as a runner, receiver and blocker. In 94 games with 35 starts, Thomas has carried 773 times for 3,523 yards (4.6 avg.) with 26 touchdowns and added 282 receptions for 2,230 yards (7.9 avg.) with 11 touchdowns. He’s ranked fourth in club records in rushing yards and yards per carry, fifth in rushing touchdowns, eighth in total touchdowns (38) and ninth in receptions. In 2013, Thomas led the Saints in rushing, carrying 147 times for 549 yards with two touchdowns and finished first among NFL running backs in receiving, catching 77 passes for 513 yards (6.7 avg.) with three touchdowns.
NFL CAREER – Thomas has been an exceptional find for the Saints – first signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007, he earned a roster spot as a rookie, excelling on special teams. He’s evolved into one of the most productive running backs in team history as an equally versatile threat in the backfield as a runner, receiver and blocker. In 94 games with 35 starts, Thomas has carried 773 times for 3,523 yards (4.6 avg.) with 26 touchdowns and added 282 receptions for 2,230 yards (7.9 avg.) with 11 touchdowns. He’s ranked fourth in club records in rushing yards and yards per carry, fifth in rushing touchdowns, eighth in total touchdowns (38) and ninth in receptions. In 2013, Thomas led the Saints in rushing, carrying 147 times for 549 yards with two touchdowns and finished first among NFL running backs in receiving, catching 77 passes for 513 yards (6.7 avg.) with three touchdowns.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/29/12; Agreed to terms on a four-year contract, 3/2/11; Placed on Injured Reserve, 1/5/11; Re-signed to a one-year contract (RFA), 6/15/10; Signed by Saints to a three-year contract as an undrafted free agent, 4/30/07.
HONORS – 2013: USA Today All-Joe; Saints Man of the Year (Club nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year); 2008: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 14).
2013 – Played in all 16 games, starting nine. Became just the fourth Saints running back to surpass 3,500 career yards rushing in week 16. Along with RB Darren Sproles, became the first Saints running back duo in franchise history to each surpass 70 receptions, also combining for the most receptions by a backfield duo for the second consecutive season. Thomas led NFL running backs in receiving with 77 grabs for 513 yards with three touchdowns, while also leading the team in rushing with 147 rushes for 549 yards with two touchdowns. Ranked fourth in the NFL in yards after the catch (671)…In opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, Tallied 43 rushing yards on nine carries, including a long of 11 yards, while adding 16 receiving yards on four catches…At Tampa Bay, Sept. 15, carried the ball five times for 29 yards and added four receptions for 19 yards…Vs. Arizona, Sept. 22, recorded six receptions for 39 yards and added 11 rushes for 28 yards…Vs. Miami, Sept. 30, made five receptions for 37 yards and added four rushes for one yard…Had the sixth multi-TD game of his career in return to his hometown at Chicago, Oct. 6, when he had nine receptions for 55 yards and two scores and 19 carries for 36 yards…Carried the ball 11 times for 51 yards (4.6 avg.) and added a 29-yard reception at New England, Oct. 13…Led the Saints in rushing with 65 yards on 14 carries and added three receptions for 29 yards vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27…Carried the ball six times for 24 yards and added 66 yards through the air on seven receptions at N.Y. Jets, Nov. 3…Finished second on the team in rushing with 87 yards on 17 carries with one TD and added seven receptions for 24 yards with one TD vs. Dallas, Nov. 10, for the seventh multi-TD game of his career and second of the season…Carried the ball 11 times for 49 yards (4.5 avg.) and caught five passes for 35 yards vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17…Finished with 73 yards rushing and 57 yards receiving for a season-high 130 total yards from scrimmage at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Carried the ball seven times for 14 yards and added four receptions for 14 yards vs. Carolina, Dec. 8…Had seven receptions for 62 yards, surpassing 70 grabs on the season at St. Louis, Dec. 15…Reached 3,5000 yards rushing at Carolina, Dec. 22, becoming just the fourth Bills RB to reach the milestone (McAllister, Rogers, Hilliard)…Carried the ball seven times for 20 yards with a score and added a three-yard reception in regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29. Inactive for both postseason contests (chest). 2012 – Played in 15 games with four starts, before being placed on Injured Reserve (knee) for finale vs. Carolina, Dec. 30. Carried 105 times for 473 yards with one touchdown and posted 39 receptions for 354 yards with a touchdown. Thomas (39) and Darren Sproles (75 receptions) combined for the most receptions of an NFL backfield duo…Started and rushed nine times for a team-high 110 yards (12.2 avg.), including a career-long rush of 48, as well as posting four receptions for 33 yards at Carolina, Sept. 16…Started and finished with four receptions for 55 yards vs. Kansas City, Sept. 23…Carried nine times for 30 yards and had two receptions for 40 yards, including a grab for a 36-yard gain vs. San Diego, Oct. 7…Started and rushed for a touchdown at Tampa Bay, Oct 21, the 24th rushing TD of his career, putting him in sole possession of fifth place on the club’s all-time list, past former SaintsRueben Mayes (1986-90) and George Rogers (1981-84)…Carried eight times for 43 yards at Denver, Oct. 28…Carried six times for 44 yards, had two receptions for 26 yards and returned a kickoff 38 yards vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5…Carried five times for 30 yards and registered three receptions for 28 yards at Oakland, Nov. 18…Rushed 14 times for a team-high 84 yards at Atlanta, Nov. 29…Posted seven receptions for 57 yards at N.Y. Giants, Dec. 9…Finished with seven receptions for 61 yards, with a TD at Dallas, Dec. 23. 2011 – Appeared in all 16 games with seven starts and carried 110 times for 562 yards (5.1 avg.) with five touchdowns. Caught a career-high 50 passes for 425 yards (8.2 avg.) with one touchdown for 987 total yards from scrimmage. Thomas (50) and Sproles (86 receptions) combined for the third-most receptions of an NFL backfield duo in 2011. Played in both postseason games, starting one and was club’s leading rusher in playoffs with nine carries for 72 yards (8.0 avg.) with a touchdown, also recording seven receptions for 60 yards…Oct. 9 at Carolina, Thomas’ six-yard TD grab with 50 seconds left brought the Saints back in the 30-27 come-from-behind win. A catch earlier in the drive where he rambled for an 18-yard gain also proved to be important…Had 10 carries for 57 yards (5.7 avg.) and five receptions for 68 yards (13.6 avg.) in the 62-7 win vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 23, including a career-long 57-yard first quarter grab that set up New Orleans’ second TD…Vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6, finished with eight carries for 66 yards (8.3 avg.) with a third quarter, nine-yard TD scamper and second quarter season-long 33-yard run…Vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 28, led team with 110 total yards from scrimmage in the Saints’ third straight win to cap an undefeated month of November as he rushed eight times for 63 yards (7.9 avg.) with a 12-yard TD run, also posting three receptions for 47 yards…At Minnesota, Dec. 18, carried eight times for 44 yards with a one-yard TD, added two receptions for 41 yards and also returned a kickoff for 15 yards…Vs. Atlanta, Dec. 26, carried nine times for 53 yards. First quarter four-yard TD put Saints in lead for the first time…In NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Detroit, 1/7/12, led the Saints with 66 yards (8.3 avg.) rushing on eight carries, including a postseason career-long 31-yard run in the first quarter as he set a new postseason high for rushing yards and became club’s all-time rushing playoff leader. Also finished with six receptions for 55 yards (9.2 avg.) as his 121 total yards from scrimmage led New Orleans…In NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, 1/14/12, suffered a concussion in the first quarter and was sidelined for the remainder of contest, finishing with one carry for six yards and a five-yard reception. 2010 – Despite playing in only six games with three starts due to an ankle injury, gained 269 yards on 83 carries with two touchdowns to finish as club’s second-leading rusher. Also had 29 receptions for 201 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 154 yards (22.0 avg.) following a season-ending concussion suffered by Courtney Roby…Led team’s rushing attack in opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9, gaining 71 yards on 19 carries with a TD and three receptions for 15 yards. Converted seven of the team’s 18 first downs…Led Saints in rushing and receiving with 18 carries for 46 yards and eight grabs for 57 yards at San Francisco, Sept. 20…Started and carried nine times for 30 yards and had six catches for 61 yards vs. Atlanta, Sept. 26…Inactive for the next nine games due to an ankle injury suffered at end of Falcons game...Returned and saw limited action vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12, carrying 12 times for 39 yards and adding four receptions for 29 yards…Gained 63 yards on 19 carries, including a two-yard TD, caught seven passes for 39 yards and averaged 21.5 yards on a pair of kickoff returns at Atlanta, Dec. 27…Inactive for regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, 1/2/11, due to ankle injury and placed on Injured Reserve prior to start of postseason. 2009 – Played in 14 games with six starts. For second straight season led Saints in rushing with 147 carries for 793 yards (5.4 avg.) with six touchdowns and finished sixth in receiving with 39 catches for 302 yards (7.7 avg.) and two touchdowns. Yards-per-carry average ranked fourth in NFL and was second-best single season total in club record books. Led team with 1,095 total yards from scrimmage. Thomas (39) and Reggie Bush (47) combined for the third-most receptions of an NFL backfield duo. Saints’ leading rusher in postseason with 36 carries for 143 yards (4.0 avg) with a TD to go with 12 receptions for 111 yards with two TDs, leading NFL running backs in postseason receptions and tying for second with three total TDs. Thomas’ team-high 254 total yards from scrimmage in the postseason was the sixth-highest total by an undrafted player all-time…After missing opener and seeing limited action in the second game recovering from a training camp knee injury, sprung into action in the second half at Buffalo, Sept. 27 and ran for a career-best 126 yards on 14 carries with a pair of fourth-quarter TD rushes of 34 and 19 yards…Again a second half workhorse vs. N.Y. Jets, Oct. 4, as he churned out 81 of his 86 rushing yards in the second half and scored the Saints’ final TD, while also catching four passes for 46 yards, including a then career-long 36-yard gain on a screen…For third consecutive week, led Saints in rushing, carrying 15 times for 72 yards vs. N.Y. Giants, Oct. 18…He posted 100 total yards from scrimmage, rushing for 91 yards on 14 carries with a 22-yard TD and recording two grabs for nine yards with a one-yard TD vs. Atlanta, Nov. 2, marking his sixth career multi-TD game…Had 81 total yards from scrimmage as he led the Saints in rushing with 13 carries for 50 yards with a ten-yard TD and also had five receptions for 31 yards vs. Carolina, Nov. 8…Rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries to go with three catches for 11 yards at Tampa Bay, Nov. 22…On Monday night showdown vs. New England, Nov. 30, led the Saints in rushing with 11 carries for 64 yards, adding three receptions for 23 yards with an 18-yard TD off a screen…Led the Saints with 100 total yards from scrimmage as he carried 13 times for 47 yards and also registered six receptions for 53 yards at Atlanta, Dec. 13…Surpassed 1,000 total yards from scrimmage for first time, carrying six times for 20 yards and making five catches for 50 yards vs. Dallas, Dec. 19…Carried 13 times for 52 yards and had four receptions for 18 yards in first half vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 22, before departing with bruised ribs…Inactive with rib injury at Carolina, 1/3/10…In NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Arizona, carried 13 times for 52 yards along with making four catches for 18 yards…In NFC Championship, led Saints in rushing with 14 carries for 61 yards with one TD and added two receptions for 38 yards, all 38 on a screen where he dodged Viking defenders all the way to the end zone. Saved more heroics for the game-winning field goal drive in overtime, where he set up the drive with a 40-yard kickoff return and converted on a key fourth-and-one situation with a two-yard dive over the offensive line. Thomas became only the ninth undrafted player since the merger to score two TDs in a postseason contest…In Super Bowl XLIV, led Saints with 85 total yards from scrimmage on nine rushes for 30 yards and six receptions for 55 yards, including a third quarter 16-yard TD. 2008 – Led Saints in rushing with 625 yards on 129 carries (4.8 avg.) with nine touchdowns, added 31 catches for 284 yards (9.2 avg.) and three touchdowns and led the team with 31 kickoff returns for 793 yards (25.6 avg.). Also led team in scoring with 72 points. Played in 15 games, with five starts, inactive for finale with back and wrist injuries…Rushed for 475 yards and six touchdowns, had three TD receptions and added an 88-yard kickoff return in his final six contests…Scored a touchdown in six straight games (11/16-12/21), tying a team record held by Dalton Hilliard, who reached the milestone twice…At Denver, Sept. 21, reached end zone on runs of five and 10 yards…Top kickoff return yardage day of year came vs. Minnesota, with five for 168 yards, including a 56-yarder…Emerged as club’s top backfield threat at Kansas City, Nov. 16, with 16 carries for 88 yards and a TD, and four catches for 56 yards, including a 24-yard catch-and-run…Nov. 24 vs. Green Bay, had 87 yards on 15 attempts with two TDs and hauled in three passes for 34 yards…Scored on a 20-yard TD grab at Tampa Bay and added 34 rushing yards, Nov. 30…Posted Saints’ lone 100-yard rushing performance of 2008 with 102 on 16 carries with a TD vs. Atlanta, Dec. 7. Added a seven-yard TD catch and an 88-yard kickoff return, and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week…At Chicago, Dec. 11, had a season-high 22 carries for 87 yards, including a 42-yard burst for a TD, and also added seven catches for 59 yards and a TD. His 146 yards of offense were a season-high, and he added three kickoff returns for 63 yards to end with 209 all-purpose yards…Posted 77 yards on 13 attempts with a TD at Detroit, Dec. 21. Performance included a 29-yard run, and three grabs for 26 yards. Tied team record by scoring a touchdown for his sixth straight game, but back and wrist injuries kept him on inactive list for finale. 2007 – One of two undrafted free agents to make opening day roster. Played in 12 games with a start and inactive for four games. Rushed for 252 yards on 52 attempts (4.8 avg.) with one touchdown, caught 17 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, returned 36 kickoffs for 865 yards (24.0 avg.) and registered five special teams tackles. Also scored on a special teams fumble recovery and added a two-point conversion run…Inactive for first three games…Made his NFL debut Oct. 7 vs. Carolina, averaging 25 yards on four kickoff returns and also had a three-yard carry…Scored a TD in just his second career game at Seattle, Oct. 14, scooping up a loose ball on a botched punt snap and carrying it five yards into the end zone to give the Saints a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into 28-17 victory…Vs. Atlanta Oct. 21, scored first career offensive TD on a 24-yard draw and totaled two rushes for 26 yards…Tied a team record with eight kick returns against St. Louis, Nov. 11, totaling 233 yards (second-highest single-game total in team history) to average 29.1 yards, with a season-best 64-yard return…Inactive Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Bay with bruised kidney suffered previous week at Carolina…Playing in hometown of Chicago, Dec. 30, made first career start and turned in one of the finest statistical performances by a Saints running back in club history. Posted 20 carries for 105 yards and caught 12 passes for 121 yards and an 11-yard TD, becoming the first player in team annals to gain more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. His 226 total yards from scrimmage marked the third-highest total in club history. Also ran for a two-point conversion following his fourth quarter TD catch, gained 16 first downs on his 32 touches and stripped the ball from CB Charles Tillman on an interception return that Lance Moore recovered, setting up a Saints field goal just before halftime.
COLLEGE – Played 40 games at Illinois and ranks sixth in school’s history with 2,545 rushing yards (5.6 avg.), running for 20 touchdowns…Also caught 57 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns…Led team in rushing in each of final three seasons, and had eight 100-yard games…Had a school-record 1,495 career kickoff return yards (24.1 avg.), including a 99-yard return for a touchdown…Left Champaign campus ranked second in school history with 4,451 all-purpose yards…Majored in sports management.
PERSONAL – Prepped at Thornton-Fractional South (Lansing, Ill.) HS, where he was a two-time all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times and totaled 5,565 yards in his career and scored 88 touchdowns, with 27 100-yard games and 11 of over 200…Racked up 2,365 yards and 38 TDs as a senior and was named the Champaign News-Gazette Player of the Year…A lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, threw out the first pitch at a contest in the spring of 2010…Thomas’ iCAN Foundation is a non-profit public charity founded to help prevent and educate youth and adults about the ongoing and rising issues of childhood obesity in the U.S. through its programs and activities and was also designed to promote living a healthy lifestyle through physical activitie as well as proper diet…Named the club’s 2013 Man of the Year (Team Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee) for his dedication to supporting the community…His annual events include a Christmas Healthy Food & Toy Drive where he delivers toys & healthy snacks to underprivileged children and spends quality time with them as well…Each April, he also hosts a festive Prom of Champions event where 200 youth are invited to attend, along with a guest, who are battling blood disorders and varying cancers (and who otherwise would not be able to attend their school’s own prom)…Thomas has also been active on the horticultural front by planting edible gardens at schools in his hometown and also led Let’s Mov! Move Your Body Flash Workouts with kids…He also has developed an iCanBeFit! Program with 1on1 Health Fitness...Current programs under his foundation’s umbrella include It’s Geaux Time (where the Play 60 message is its basis), Football Skills Day, iCan Shopping With a Saint Event, I can Grow Community Carden Projects and Reviving Recess…A native of Lynwood, Ill., Charles Pierre Thomas, Jr. was born Dec. 18, 1984 in Chicago.
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas spoke with reporters Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 following the team's 20-9 win over the Vikings.
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas caps off this drive with a 1-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings.
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas caps off this drive with a 1-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings.
Pierre Thomas talks about facing the Minnesota Vikings without Adrian Peterson on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)