On Monday morning, former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas announced via his official Twitter account that he will be retiring as an Eagle on Thursday.
Thomas was drafted by the Eagles with the No. 11 overall selection in the 1998 NFL Entry Draft and went on to play in in five NFC Championship games, three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl during his tenure in Philadelphia.
I am officially retiring as an Eagle this Thursday!11 great years.— Tra Thomas (@7deucesports) August 13, 2012
“Tra Thomas is one of the best offensive linemen to ever put on an Eagles uniform," said Eagles owner Jeff Lurie. "He was an anchor at the left tackle position for many years and played such an integral role in our success, though he probably never got all the credit he deserved. Besides being such a great player, Tra is an even better person and someone I’ve always had a great relationship with. I’m proud of what he has done with his career after football as he has remained very successful while keeping his home in this area. We are very happy that he is retiring as an Eagle.”
After leaving the Eagles following the 2008 season, Thomas spent a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to a stint with the San Diego Chargers in 2010, which was cut short due to his retirement prior to the start of the season.
He joined Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia in 2011 as a post-game analyst.