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Monday, July 25, 2011
Former Raider Skip Thomas dies

By Bill Williamson

Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Skip Thomas has died. He died of a heart attack during the weekend.

Thomas played for the Raiders from 1972-77. He was an underrated part of a glamorous secondary in Oakland during its 1970s heyday. Nicknamed “Dr. Death,” Thomas was a terrific cornerback who hit hard. Off the field, he was a key fabric of the wild Raiders of that era and was known for being a major-league character. He was a favorite of Oakland coach John Madden. Thomas was 61.

Our condolences go out to Thomas’ family and to the Raiders.

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