Former Colonel great Markus Thomas has been nominated for the 2019 College Football Hall Of Fame. Thomas, a Cincinnati native, played for Eastern Kentucky from 1989-1992. He became not only one of the greatest Colonels ever, he is also one of the greatest players to ever play in the Ohio Valley Conference. Markus was inducted in the EKU Hall of Fame in 2008. There are only 997 players or coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame and when you consider that there has been over 5 million players/coaches in the NCAA this is truly an honor to just be nominated. Only 0.02% of player are elected to the Hall. Thomas is hoping to become the third EKU Colonel in the College Hall Of Fame. In 1999 George Floyd Jr was elected and in 2003 Head Coach Roy Kidd was enshrined.
While at EKU he was a two time OVC offensive player of the year (1991 & 1992) and an All American in 1992. He was the OVC player of the week an amazing 12 times in his career. In his senior season he rushed for 1494 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He helped lead the Colonels to back to back conference championships in 1991 & 1992. The Colonels made the Division 1 AA playoffs each of his seasons. In 1991 he led the Colonels to the semifinals before they fell at Marshall 14-7 in a highly contested game. He still holds the single game record for rushing yards of 300 yards against Marshall in 1989 as a freshman.
He left EKU as the schools all time leading rusher with 5532 yards and 52 touchdowns scored. His career rushing yards still rank 14th best all time in the FCS and his touchdowns are 15th best In FCS history. He scored 322 career points at EKU, most in Ohio Valley history, and his 108 points in 1992 is best for 8th all time in conference history. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and that is still the best in conference history.
After leaving EKU he joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993 but never took a snap. In 1996 he joined the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe and scored a touchdown in the 1996 World Bowl, the super bowl of the league, on the opening kick off by returning a fumble for 25 yards for the first score of the game. The Claymores would go on to win the title. In 1997 he joined the Hamilton Tigers of the CFL. He would rush for 112 yards and a score and he caught 13 ball for 150 yards and another touchdown.
After his playing days Markus is a multimedia designer currently residing in Sicklerville, New Jersey with his wife Kathy. He also serves as Director of Youth Ministry at Christ Care Unit Missionary Baptist Church as well as coaching little league football.