June 2, 2003
NEW YORK ? San Jose SaberCats DS/KR Clevan Thomas (5-11, 195, Florida State)
was selected as the 2003 ADT Defensive Player of the Year as voted by the 16
head coaches of the Arena Football League and by one vote of the AFL fans.
Thomas, who was named to the All-Arena First Team and All-Ironman team last
week, earned his first individual honor of the season by repeating as the
winner of the award he earned in 2002. Thomas also earned Rookie of the Year
Thomas and the No. 1 SaberCats (13-4) will host No. 6 Arizona Rattlers
(12-6) at HP Pavilion at San Jose this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
In his second season, the former Seminole tallied an AFL record 13
interceptions (including three that were returned for touchdowns) while
recording 38.5 total tackles, 22 pass breakups, 35 passes defended, one
forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Thomas added 72 combined kick
returns for 1,489 yards and four touchdowns. Thomas joins Orlando’s KENNY MC
ENTYRE as the only other player in AFL history to repeat as Defensive Player
of the Year.