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Ex-Titans Running Back Rodney Thomas Dies At 41

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Running back Rodney Thomas of the Houston Oilers is snagged by a Jacksonville Jaguar defender in Jacksonville, Florida. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Running back Rodney Thomas of the Houston Oilers is snagged by a Jacksonville Jaguar defender in Jacksonville, Florida. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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GROVETON, Texas (AP) — A Texas funeral home director says former Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans running back Rodney Thomas has died at age 41.

Groveton Funeral Home owner Terry Cartwright says Thomas died Saturday of an unknown cause and that an autopsy is underway.

He says Thomas had been living in Spring, near Houston, with his wife and 4-year-old child and that he died during one of many visits to Groveton, where he grew up and where his mother lives.

The Oilers selected the Texas A&M running back in the 3rd round of the 1995 NFL draft and he played six years for the team, including four after it moved to Tennessee and became the Titans. He played his final season in 2001 with the Atlanta Falcons.

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