Super Bowl champion Adalius Thomas quit NFL to start a Restaurant Business

Adalius Thomas, a former NFL linebacker, received numerous accolades during his career, including winning a Super Bowl and earning Pro Bowl selections.

He retired after playing 10 regular seasons in the NFL. Later the veteran decided to pursue an unconventional business venture.

Adalius Thomas was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, where Thomas received a Super Bowl ring as a rookie.

He earned two Pro Bowls while playing for Baltimore. One as a special teamer in 2003 and the other as a starter in 2006. He earned two Pro Bowls while playing for Baltimore. One as a special teamer in 2003 and the other as a starter in 2006.

Adalius Thomas talking with teammates
Adalius Thomas talking with teammates, Source: Gloucester

During his Pro Bowl season, he achieved a career-high of 106 tackles and 11 sacks.

In 2007, Thomas signed a contract with the New England Patriots for $35 million, which spanned five years.

During his debut season with New England, Thomas was a member of the team that almost achieved a flawless season, with guidance from the renowned NFL player Tom Brady.

Following his release from the Patriots in 2010, the linebacker chose to retire from the league after a decade of playing.

After retiring from the NFL, Thomas entered the restaurant business.

As a result, Thomas decided to open two additional dining establishments – one located in Durham, North Carolina, and the other in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Thomas didn’t stop at just one college, he took business courses at multiple institutions such as Michigan and Notre Dame.

The Alabama native believes he learned a lot after taking the college business courses.

Former NFL linebacker Adalius Thomas
Former NFL linebacker Adalius Thomas, Source: Player Engagement

“As the days go on, different things come up and my thinking process is just as good or sharp as people who own their own business,” Thomas said.

He added, “At that point, I realized I can start another business and do whatever I want.

In 2015, Thomas joined forces with former NFL players Fred Taylor and Todd Wade to establish FSV Tech, a company focused on technology.

However, Adalius Thomas is very optimistic about his career and aspires that his experience can be of assistance to other retired NFL players.

“And I want to be a success story for other NFL guys. I’m happy with where I am,” Thomas said.”

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