Feb. 27, 2013
San Jose SaberCats Press Release
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012 Arena Football League Hall of Fame selection and SaberCats legend, defensive back Clevan Thomas on a two-year contract.
“Being able to add a game-changer like Clevan is huge for us heading into this season,” said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. “He is the best defensive player I have ever had the pleasure of coaching and mixing him in with our very talented secondary is something we are very excited about.”
Thomas (5-10, 195, Florida State), a five-time All-Arena selection, 2002 Rookie of the Year and two-time Defensive Player of the Year (2002-03) will soon join former teammates Barry Wagner, Sam Hernandez and SaberCats Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet in the AFL Hall of Fame.
Voted as the 24th Greatest Player in AFL history by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012, Thomas previously played with the SaberCats from 2002-08 and is the franchise leader in interceptions (50), which is tied for second all-time in AFL history with former Orlando Predators great Durwood Roquemoore. Thomas also is the single-season franchise leader in interceptions (13 in 2003), which is the fourth highest total in AFL history, as well as the franchise leader in passes defensed (108) and is second in franchise history in total tackles (460).
A three-time ArenaBowl champion (2002, 2003 and 2007), the former Florida State Seminole was a game-changer for San Jose. His famed defensive style predicated on press coverage is a key factor in what has made Thomas one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play the game.