The Philadelphia Eagles were saddened to learn on Saturday that former quarterback Bobby Thomason passed away on Tuesday at the age of 85. Reports that came from his family said Thomason died of heart failure in Charlotte, N.C.
Thomason played for the Eagles from 1952-57 and completed 556 passes in 1,113 attempts for 8,124 yards, 57 touchdowns and 80 interceptions. He ranks eighth on the Eagles' all-time list for passing yards. Thomason became the first player in franchise history to eclipse the 400-yard mark in a game when he passed for 437 yards and four touchdowns in a Nov. 8, 1953 30-7 win over the New York Giants.
Thomason made the Pro Bowl in 1954 and 1956-57, and he was named an All-Pro quarterback by United Press International in the 1953 season.
Thomason, an Alabama native and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, spent seven years in the NFL at a time when the forward pass was coming into its own. Thomason, who also played for the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers, retired in 1956 and went on to become a vice president of a heavy equipment company.
Funeral arrangements were still pending Saturday.