Former Eagles QB Bobby Thomason dies at 85

Bobby Thomason
Bobby Thomason
Posted: November 11, 2013

Former Eagles quarterback Bobby Thomason, a three-time Pro Bowler and the eighth-leading passer in franchise history, died Tuesday at age 85 in Charlotte, according to the New York Times.

The Times, citing his son-in-law, Sig Johnsen, said Thomason died of heart failure.

Thomason played for the Eagles from 1952 to 1957. He succeeded Adrian Burk as the team's starting quarterback in 1957.

On Nov. 8, 1953, Thomason became the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 400 yards in a game when his 437 yards and four touchdowns helped the Eagles to a 30-7 win over the New York Giants.

In 40 starts with the Eagles, Thomason had a record of 19-21-1. He reached the Pro Bowl in 1953, 1955, and 1956. His 57 touchdown passes are tied with Michael Vick for seventh on the team's all-time list. He threw for 8,124 yards, which places him ahead of Norm Van Brocklin and Roman Gabriel among the Eagles' career passing leaders.

Thomason is survived by his wife, Jean Pierce; daughter, Jane Thomason Johnsen; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson, according to the Times.

- Zach Berman

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