The budgetary cuts at 97.5 The Fanatic forced the departure of longtime sportscaster Tra Thomas. The station now has a new morning show host, Marc Farzetta. Farzetta has 12 years of NFL experience and spent two years as an analyst for Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. Bob Cooney and Jaime Lynch remain in the mornings. Sam Wilson also remains as a reporter. However, it is unclear if Tra Thomas will return.
Tra Thomas’ departure from 97.5 The Fanatic
Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman William “Tra” Thomas has announced his departure from 97.5 The Fanatic. Tra played for the Eagles from 1998 to 2008, earning three Pro Bowl nods. He had joined the station late last year and co-hosted the morning show with Marc Farzetta. Though his departure has come as a surprise to many, it’s likely that the Philadelphia community will miss Tra’s presence on the radio.
With Tra Thomas’ departure, Beasley Media Group, owner of 97.5 The Fanatic, is reducing staff members at all of their radio stations. Some employees have been furloughed and others have been reassigned to other positions. Some employees were cut on an hourly basis. The reductions will continue until June 30, according to Beasley Media Group. In Philadelphia, Beasley Media Group also axed 18 full-time jobs.
Among the recent departures from the radio station are Big Daddy Graham and Marc Farzetta. The latter, a long-time host of 94 WIP’s overnight show, was hospitalized after spinal cord issues. He was eventually rendered paralyzed and had to undergo surgery. Tra Thomas’ departure from 97.5 The Fanatic has left a large hole in the radio station’s schedule. Marc Farzetta will host a morning show on YouTube, Twitch and all podcast platforms.
Tra Thomas’ Youtube series titled In the Trenches
If you want to learn how to play offensive line, Tra Thomas’ series on YouTube is the way to go. Tra’s series is called “In the Trenches” and it’s an excellent way to watch offensive line play. Tra is a former defensive lineman who has played for the Miami Dolphins and was let go by 97.5 the Fanatic. He will appear on Facebook live after games with Ike Reese and Jonny Marks.
Tra Thomas’ career as a left tackle
In his 11 seasons as a Philadelphia Eagle, Tra Thomas is the most decorated left tackle in franchise history. He was drafted by the Eagles with the 11th overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He earned three Pro Bowl selections and one All-Pro berth. As an offensive assistant coach for the Eagles, Tra Thomas will share his experience with current players.
In Philadelphia, Thomas worked out against the Buffalo Bills during his workouts at Lehigh University. Meanwhile, Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith is in Colorado for a routine checkup and has undergone arthroscopic surgery in his right knee. Both teams will practice twice on Friday and scrimmage on Saturday. Despite Tra Thomas’ looming retirement, the team will miss Smith’s performance.
As an NFL left tackle, Tra Thomas is entering his 12th season as a starter. He is widely considered one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. He has started 163 games and missed only eight. In his last season, he led an offensive line that allowed one sack every 27.3 plays. His 23 sacks over 606 plays is the best ratio of any offensive line in Eagles history.
In his career, Tra Thomas has accumulated a list of individual and career accomplishments. However, he has never received a gold jacket from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Though he has several awards, Thomas will not be able to walk away with a gold jacket anytime soon. To send an email to Tra Thomas, you must first verify that it’s relevant and doesn’t contain inappropriate or offensive content. You may have to wait a day before approving your email.
Despite his high level of skill, Thomas had the tough task of teaching others how to play the game. As a result, he became a coach for offensive line players before being promoted to full-time head coach. However, it wasn’t until this year that Tra Thomas made his NFL coaching debut. He was hired by Chip Kelly through the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship to coach the Philadelphia Eagles.
In addition to coaching, Thomas has been a part of the Eagles’ post-game programming since 2011. In addition to coaching, he has also become an analyst for post-game TV programs. Although the career as a left tackle ended in 2013, his impact will live on forever. With this new opportunity, Tra Thomas is hoping to continue to improve the game. While he is an accomplished left tackle, his career as an NFL coach will be far from over.