Thigpen in 2012
No. 11 Buffalo Bills
|Wide receiver / Return specialist / Running Back|
|Date of birth:May 15, 1986|
|Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan|
|High school: Detroit (MI) Mumford|
|Undrafted in 2009|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Marcus Arnette Thigpen (born May 15, 1986) is a professional football wide receiver who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Originally a running back, he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Indiana University. Thigpen has also been a member of the Denver Broncos, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Thigpen attended Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan and was a letterman in football and track. During his high school career, he was one of the top sprinters in the state of Michigan. During his senior year (2004), he won the MHSAA Division I 100-meter dash with a time of 10.82 and led Mumford to its third consecutive outdoor state track and field title in as many years. He also led the Detroit Public School League with 1,785 yards and twenty touchdowns. In 2011, Mumford won its 11th state track and field championship in the school's history. A year later, the 63-year old building was torn down, replaced by a new $52.1 million facility nearby.
After high school, Thigpen enrolled at Indiana University but was redshirted his freshman year. During his four years of competition (2005-2008), he finished his career as the third best kick returner (2,009 yards) in the school's history. He also ranks third in all-purpose yards with 4,655 and scored 21 touchdowns. He was the first IU player to get more than 1,000 yards in rushing (1,621), receiving (1,028) and kick returning (2,009). He was selected as one of the team's captains as a fifth-year senior and was named IU's offensive player of the year in 2008. He graduated in 2009 with a major in social/behavioral science and criminal justice.
Track and field
Thigpen led the Hoosiers with a 2006 season-best time of 10.65 in the 100 meters, which he clocked at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, good for sixth place. He also ran the first leg of IU's 4 x 100 meter relay team that clocked 40.13 seconds, which is the third fastest time in IU history at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. In 2006, he took seventh in the 60 meters, with a time of 6.89 seconds and sixth in the 200 meters, with a time of 21.94 seconds at the Big Ten indoor meet, and he placed seventh in the 100 meters at the Big Ten outdoor meet, with a time of 10.75 seconds.
|60 meters||6.77||Bloomington, Indiana||February 17, 2006|
|100 meters||10.34||Knoxville, Tennessee||April 11, 2008|
|200 meters||21.27||Bloomington, Indiana||April 18, 2008|
2009 Indiana's Pro Day Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 9 in||184 lb||4.45 s||1.53 s||2.58 s||4.16 s||7.20 s||35 in||10 ft 6 in||21 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Thigpen signed with the Denver Broncos on August 16, 2009. He was waived on August 26.
Thigpen signed a practice roster agreement with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on October 2, 2009. He was removed from the practice roster and signed to the active roster on November 7. He was part of the final cuts following the 2010 training camp.
Thigpen was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' active roster on June 26, 2010. He returned the team's first kickoff of the 2010 season for a touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was named the CFL Special Teams Player of Week 1. In week 2, he returned a Burke Dales punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. On August 13, 2010, after rushing for a touchdown, Thigpen became the first player in CFL history to score a touchdown five different ways in one season. In total, he had scored on a kickoff return, punt return, missed field goal return, a running play and a reception.
Thigpen was signed to a reserve/future contract by the Dolphins on January 12, 2012.
On September 9, 2012, Thigpen returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL game versus the Houston Texans. This was the first punt return touchdown by the Miami Dolphins since 2007, when Ted Ginn, Jr returned a punt for a TD versus the Philadelphia Eagles. On November 15, 2012, Thigpen returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills. On December 15, 2013, he caught a 14-yard touchdown strike from Ryan Tannehill with 1:15 left in the 4th quarter to provide the winning margin over the New England Patriots, which put an end to the Patriots' string of three come-from-behind victories in 2013 and also snapped the Dolphins' seven-game losing streak to New England.
Thigpen was released by Miami during their final cuts on August 30, 2014.
New England Patriots
On September 3, 2014, Thigpen was signed by the New England Patriots to their practice squad.
Second stint with the Miami Dolphins
On September 23, 2014, Thigpen was re-signed by the Miami Dolphins to their practice squad. His position was changed from running back to wide receiver, and he changed from uniform number 34 to 19.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Due to an injury to starter Leodis McKelvin, Thigpen was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills on November 26, 2014. In the Bills game against the Green Bay Packers, Thigpen took a Tim Masthay punt at the Buffalo 25, sprinted to the left hash mark and then to the left sideline for an electrifying 75-yard touchdown. This phenomenal play gave Buffalo a 7-3 lead and was vital to the 21-13 Buffalo win. It also earned Thigpen Peter King's MMQB Special Teams Player of the Week Award.
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- "DE Gaines, FB Mailei Highlight RFAs". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. April 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
- "Ticats Add Pair To Roster | Hamilton Tiger-Cats". Ticats.ca. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- "Durant headlines Players of the Week". Cfl.ca. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- "Maver kicks Stamps past Sandro's Ticats". Cfl.ca. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
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