Authorities say Thomas died Saturday of an unknown cause and that an autopsy is underway. Thomas had been living in Spring and that he died during a visit to Groveton,
A two-time All-SWC running back, Thomas led all Aggie runners in 1994 with 868 yards and rushed for a career high 996 yards as a junior. He ended his career as only the fourth running back in school history to eclipse 3,000 yards (3,014 yards, 604 carries (5.0 avg), 41 touchdowns). He caught 38 passes for 380 yards and four receiving touchdowns to tie Darren Lewis with 45 all-time touchdowns, which was a school-record at the time. He and his teammates never lost a game at Kyle Field.
Thomas went on to a six-year professional career with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and the Atlanta Falcons. His top season as a pro was his rookie season where he compiled 1,151 total yards (947 rushing, 204 receiving).
At Groveton, Thomas led the Indians to two State Championships, while rushing for 8,441 yards and 115 touchdowns. As a senior he rushed for 3,701 (third best in Texas state history).
Rodney Thomas was 41 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending.