David Thornton (American football)

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David Thornton
No. 50
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-11-01) November 1, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106
Debuted in 2002 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

David Dontay Thornton (born November 1, 1978 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.

College career[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Thornton played college football at the University of North Carolina where he was team-mates with Julius Peppers, and Ryan Sims. Originally a walk-on, Thornton's play eventually earned him a scholarship. In his senior year, Thornton was named second team All-ACC and team MVP.

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Thornton was drafted in the fourth round in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Thornton best season came in 2003 when he led the Colts with 145 tackles and made two interceptions. In the 2005 season Thornton made 83 tackles and two quarterback sacks.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

He became an unrestricted free agent and signed a five-year deal with the Titans on March 13, 2006 [1]. He retired on August 5, 2011.