Todd Thomas earned seven varsity letters while competing in baseball, basketball, and football at Cedarburg High School. In 1977 he earned First Team All-Braveland Conference honors as an offensive tackle on the football team.
Thomas went on to accept a scholarship to play football at the University of North Dakota, where he was a four-year letter winner. He starred on the 1979 North Central Conference championship squad, was twice named First Team All-North Central Conference and was a First Team NCAA Division II All-American in 1980.
He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and earned academic All-American honors in 1981. He holds the distinction of being the only chemical engineer to graduate from UND in four years while also playing football.
Thomas was a fifth-round draft pick by the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs in 1981. At that time, he was the highest NFL draft choice ever from UND. As a professional, Thomas saw action with the New Jersey Generals in 1983, Philadelphia Eagles in 1984, and the Arizona Wranglers in 1985. Sadly, he passed away from lung cancer in March of 2000, the same year that he was inducted into the UND Hall of Fame. A memorial scholarship is given each year in his honor to UND's most valuable offensive lineman.