Former Redskins running back Mike Thomas passed away on Tuesday in Houston at the age of 66.

Thomas, who was selected by Washington in the fifth round of the 1975 NFL Draft, took home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after rushing for 919 yards as well as recording 483 receiving yards in his inaugural campaign.

The following season, Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,101 yards. 

In the 1978 season, injuries took a toll on Thomas, he refused to take painkillers for treatment, and he was subsequently traded the next offseason.

“He loved life, he loved people, he loved the Redskins and he loved reliving the years that he was there, which brought him a lot of joy,” Thomas’s wife, Sylvia Wilkerson Thomas, told the Washington Post.