This shocked me. Just 41. Wow. Condolences to his family. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/15/rodney-thomas-dies-at-41/ Rodney Thomas dies at 41 Posted by Josh Alper on June 15, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT Getty Images Former Oilers, Titans and Falcons running back Rodney Thomas has died at the age of 41. Trinity County (TX) Justice of the Peace Rod Blair confirmed that Thomas died in his hometown of Groveton at about 7 p.m. Saturday and no cause of death has been announced pending an autopsy. Thomas was drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 1995 draft after completing a standout career at Texas A&M and ran for 947 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in Houston.