It’s Time to Honor Clyde Thomas

Editor, News-Register:

It’s time to honor a valley legend – Clyde Thomas, Bellaire, Ohio, native, was a stalwart civic leader in Wheeling, as a city councilman and vice-mayor, serving four consecutive terms on council, dating back to 1970. He was one of the lead councilmen for having the Wheeling Civic Center built, led the proposal for a downtown Wheeling Mall (look at us now), and is still the only African-American ever to be elected to Wheeling City Council.

Clyde Thomas was a valley sports legend, receiving all-state honors in football and basketball graduating from Bellaire High School. He was starting running back representing Ohio in the 1958 OVAC All-Star Football Game, starting alongside John Havlicek, who was the starting quarterback. He was a star running back for the undefeated Ohio University, 1960 Mid-American Conference Football Champions, member/player for the 1961 Canadian Football League, British Columbia Lions, MVP member/player for the Continental Football League, Wheeling Ironmen, during the mid to late 60s, and reached the pinnacle of playing in the NFL for the 1965 Philadelphia Eagles.

Why hasn’t my father been recognized by the City of Wheeling, or the OVAC, for his esteemed accomplishments on and off the field? I’m certain these accolades stack up with others who have been honored!

Scott Thomas

North Las Vegas, Nev.