Unfortunate news for a Texas native who has been trying to get back into the NFL since he last played in 2020....

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Earl Thomas is a Orange, Texas native who played for West Orange-Stark High School and graduated in 2007. He also played for the University of Texas from 2008 to 2010.

He went on to the NFL where he tallied seven Pro Bowl nods, five All-Pro honors and a Super Bowl title during his 10-year NFL career, nine seasons of which were spent with the Seattle Seahawks.

He has not played since 2020 when he was released by the Ravens after he punched a teammate during a preseason practice.

Thomas' Home In Orange Burned To The Ground On Thursday

According to 12 News Now, firefighters got the call around 5:15 p.m. Thursday and upon arrival noticed heavy smoke and flames at the Southeast corner of Thomas' house. When they tried to get in, the smoke was too thick so they had to pull back and go into what they called "defensive mode."

No One Was Hurt, Thomas Arrived On Scene Then Left

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The report went on to add that firefighters that were first on scene spoke briefly to Thomas. Thomas then got into a car with who officials believe was his mother and drove off.


One official told reporters that he doesn't have any reason to believe the fire was set on purpose, but they're waiting for the state fire marshal to arrive Friday and investigate the cause. The cause of the fire is not confirmed, but officials are not ruling out lightning as a possible cause.

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