Santonio Thomas was born on July 2, 1981 ... Considered one of the state's top defensive linemen coming out of high school ... Named All-American by USA Today and National Bluechips ... Ranked among the nation's top 20 defensive ends by Prep Football Report ... Two-time first-team Class 3A All-State selection ... Notched 15 quarterback sacks as a senior in 1999 ... Collected 105 tackles for a team that won the Class 3A Florida State Championship ... Selected to play for Florida in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game.
Santonio Thomas was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots on April 30, 2005 ... Released by the Patriots (8/30/05) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/21/05) ... Signed to the Patriots active roster (1/6/05) ... Listed among the day-of-game inactives for both of the Patriots' 2005 playoff games ... Released by the Patriots (9/2/06) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/3/06) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (1/23/07) ... Released by the Patriots (9/1/07) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/3/07) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (9/8/07) ... Released by the Patriots (10/26/07) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (10/29/07) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (2/2/08).
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2007 (4/0/0/3): Signed from the practice squad September 9, 2007.
at N.Y. Jets (9/9): Made his first NFL appearance during the Patriots' 38-14 win over the Jets... Collected three tackles (solo) in 38-14 road victory over Jets... Bottled up Jets running back Thomas Jones for 1 yard for his first NFL tackle. San Diego (9/16): Combined with James Sanders to drop Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson for no gain on a third-and-one in the second quarter. Buffalo (9/23): Played in reserve at defensive tackle and contributed one tackle in the Patriots' 38-7 victory over the Bills. at Cincinnati (10/1): Inactive. Cleveland (10/7): Inactive. at Dallas (10/15): Inactive. at Miami (10/21): Played in a reserve role on the defensive line and on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 49-28 victory over the Dolphins.
2005 (0/0/0/0): Signed from the practice squad on Jan. 7, 2006.
2005 Postseason (0/0/0/2): Jacksonville (1/7): Inactive. at Denver (1/14): Inactive.
As a senior in 2004, earned a starting role in spring practice and started the season's first six games before suffering a knee injury... Returned for the final two games... Tallied nine tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback pressures, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass breakup... Selected to play in the East-West Shrine game... In 2003, played in 10 games, recording 22 tackles (8 solo), five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble...Made three tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass against Florida State...Was awarded a medical redshirt for the 2002 season after suffering a season-ending should injury in the game at Florida... As a sophomore, played extensively at defensive tackle, seeing action in 11 games and collecting 26 tackles...Twice garnered a season-high four tackles against West Virginia and Temple... In 2000, worked into the playing rotation in the defensive line immediately... Saw action in three games and made one tackle.
- Santonio attended Glades Central High School in Florida, the same high school as current NFL players Willie Jones (Kansas City Chiefs), Fred Taylor (Jacksonville Jaguars), and Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh Steelers).