Son of JT Thomas, Jr and Andrea Blanks, JT Thomas III was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. JT3, a Blanche Ely High School and West Virginia University Alumni, began his NFL career after being drafted in the 6th Round by the Chicago Bears in 2011. Even early in his career, JT3 understood his platform in the NFL and began providing opportunities to assist those in need. He would soon make headlines returning to his college town of Morgantown, West Virginia to accompany an 8th grade student with Spina Bifida, Joselyn Levell, to her school dance. JT3’s younger brother Jared Thomas, then a classmate of Levell, was diagnosed with autism at the early age of 3 and played a major role in his first philanthropic efforts. In 2012, he would go on to form a non-profit organization to facilitate his contributions off the field in The JT Thomas Foundation. Upon the inception of his foundation, the first project taken on was to increase the awareness of adolescent Epilepsy. JT3 made public headlines once again when he surprised 14-year-old Anthony Grandberry, who suffered with epilepsy, with a ticket and a trip to Super Bowl XLVI after completing a 1,395 Mile road trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fl to Chicago, IL supporting the fight against the neurological disorder. He would go on to spend the next two years learning from the NFL’s best in Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
In 2014, JT3 would go on to have his breakout year and amass 85 tackles, 2 Int’s, 2 FF, and his first career touchdown in just 8 games as a starter. In 2015, he signed a three-year $12M contract to play for the New York Giants. He would go on to compile 46 tackles and start 11 of 12 games played before suffering a plethora of injuries including a season ending ACL injury in 2016. In the midst of on the field setbacks, the seasoned pro decided to engage in post-graduate education and enroll in the University of Miami School of Business in pursuit of an Executive Master of Business Administration and is set to graduate June of 2017.
JT3 is extremely grateful for both friends & family who have supported his journey as a student and professional athlete. His lifelong goals include building an all-boys academy and researching agents to mitigate Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy(CTE).