Markus Thomas is one of the most prolific running backs in NCAA history. Thomas holds the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) record of 5,552 career rushing yards and 54 touchdowns. His rushing mark is 14th all-time in the Football Championship Subdivision while his touchdown mark ranks 15th. A 1992 All-American, Thomas earned OVC Offensive Player of the Year honors during his junior and senior seasons (1991-92). A three time All-Conference selection, the Cincinnati, Ohio native also holds the conference career record with 6.3 yards per carry.
Thomas owns the OVC’s fifth (1,620 yards) and the 10th (1,498 yards) best single-season rushing marks. His 322 career points are a league record and his 108 points in 1992 rank eighth all-time. The 12-time OVC Player of the Week went on to play professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe, and the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Markus earned his spot on the Philadelphia Eagles roster as an undrafted free agent during the 1993-94 season. He played with the likes of Randall Cunningham, Herschel Walker, William Thomas, Vai Sikahema, Seth Joyner and many other historic Eagles players. After his release by the Eagles, Markus was drafted by the Scottish Claymores in the re-born World League of American Football. He played for three seasons (1995-97) helping the Claymores win the World Bowl title during the 1996 season.
Markus is currently a multimedia designer residing in Sicklerville, New Jersey with his wife Kathy. Since walking away from football in 1997 Markus donates his time to various charities that work to develop and mentor young people.