Cobras Bring Defensive Lineman Walter Thomas Home for 2022
by DJ Wagner
Big Walt Re-Signs with Carolina Cobras for 2022 SeasonGREENSBORO - The Cobras announce the return of the beast in middle DL Walter Thomas (6’5” 340 Oklahoma State) for the 2022 season.
Big Walt is returning to plug up the middle of the Carolina Cobras as the anchor on the defensive line. This will be his third season as a Cobra.
Thomas started out as an undrafted free agent for the New Orleans Saints and was invited to their rookie minicamp. From there he went on to play for the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL in 2010. Thomas made a stop in Nashville Venom which won the IFL Championship with him on the team in 2014. He moved on to the Wichita Falls Nighthawks in 2016-17 and after a brief stint with the Philadelphia Soul joined the Cobras in 2018 where he shined in the postseason with 1.5 tackles and a sack in the two post-season games, including winning a championship. He came back in 2019 with a vengeance before an injury ended his season. Before going down though he was leading the league with four sacks and had nine tackles in just five games. In 2021 Thomas played for the Spokane Shock of the IFL where he had nine tackles, 1 TFL and both a forced fumble as well as recovery in just six games.
We asked Walt why he was returning to Carolina. He said, “I wanted to come back to where the love is and do my last season with the Cobras.” His message for Cobra Nation is simple, “The Head Honcho is back, and I am ready to get a ring!”
Head Coach/GM Josh Resignalo said, “Walt is one of those guys that you have to prepare for when putting together an offensive game plan. Walt will cause problems for every Center in the NAL hands down! Walt helped us in 2019 in having the #1 defense in the NAL and in 2022 the Cobras defense will be back at the top! Cobra Nation loved seeing Walt dominate opposing teams and will be ecstatic to see big 77 thrash Centers week after week!”