Quick hits – Former NFL running back Rodney Thomas dies at 41

June 15, 2014 

Obit Rodney Thomas Football

Seven-year NFL running back Rodney Thomas, who here with the Titans in 2000, was found dead Saturday. He was 41.

WADE PAYNE — AP

NFL

Ex-Falcon Thomas dies — At Fort Worth, Texas Rodney Thomas, who played running back for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons during a seven-year NFL career, has died. He was 41.

Thomas died Saturday at the home in Groveton, Texas. The cause of death wasn’t known.

The Oilers selected the Texas A&M running back in the 3rd round of the 1995 draft, and he ran for 947 yards and five touchdowns during his rookie season. The team finished the season 7-9, and drafted Heisman Trophy-winning running back Eddie George in the first round the following spring, making Thomas a backup.

He played in Super Bowl XXIV, when the Titans lost to the Rams, and played his seventh and final season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2001.

Drag racing

Langdon notches first win — At Bristol, Tenn., defending Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon raced to his first victory of the season, beating points leader Doug Kalitta in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Langdon edged Kalitta in the final with a 3.819-second run at 320.51 mph.

Open water swimming

Meyer, Anderson claim 5K titles — At Castaic, Calif., Alex Meyer and Haley Anderson won the 5-kilometer titles on the final day of the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. Meyer finished in 55 minutes, 34.30 seconds. Anderson won the women’s title in 1:00:08.37.

Boxing

Algieri wins title — At New York, Chris Algieri won the WBO junior welterweight championship by outpointing Ruslan Provodinkov in a split decision.

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