Thomas DeCoud

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Thomas DeCoud
Thomas DeCoud 2013.jpg
DeCoud in 2013
No. 21     Carolina Panthers
Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-19) March 19, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Oakland, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Pinole (CA) Valley
College: California
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 98
Debuted in 2008 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2014
Tackles 407
Quarterback sacks 3.0
Interceptions 15
Forced fumbles 4
Stats at NFL.com

Thomas DeCoud (born March 19, 1985) is an American football free safety for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

DeCoud attended Glencove Elementary School and Hogan Senior High School in Vallejo, California, then attended Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, California and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, as a senior, he was an All-ACCAL selection. In basketball, he was an All-ACCAL selection. Thomas DeCoud graduated from Pinole High School in 2003.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

DeCoud was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Playing primarily on special teams in 10 games as a rookie, DeCoud recorded 6 tackles (5 solo).

He had a breakout season the next year as he started all 16 games at free safety and compiled 68 tackles (57 solo), 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 7 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. After the season, DeCoud received recognition from USA Today, which listed him on its annual "All-Joe" team.[1]

In a SportsCenter interview on September 27, 2012, Decoud played the "Meow Game" from the movie Super Troopers.[2]

He was released from the Falcons on March 11, 2014.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

The Carolina Panthers signed DeCoud to a two-year deal on April 10, 2014.[3] DeCoud made his first start for the Panthers in a 20-14 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 1.[4] During the home opener in a 24-7 win against the Detroit Lions in week 2, DeCoud recorded 3 tackles and was responsible for a pass deflection deep downfield against Calvin Johnson which led to an interception by Melvin White.[5][6] During the Panthers week 5 victory over the Chicago Bears, DeCoud recorded his first interception for the Panthers against Jay Cutler to go along with 4 tackles and a pass deflection.[7]

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