James “T” Thomas works with Ole Miss receivers during a game. Thomas, who served as the tight ends coach for the Rebels from 1983-1991, was “absolutely loved by Ole Miss people,” recalled Billy Brewer, former Rebels head coach and childhood friend of Thomas. Thomas, a Columbus native, died Sunday at 76.

Columbus loses a football legend

In Canada, he was known as Jim "Long Gone" Thomas, who as a running back for the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos once ran a franchise record 104-yard touchdown and holds the record for the three longest scoring runs in team history. But back home in Columbus, he was affectionately and simply known as "T."



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