Thornton in the 2013 NFL season.
|No. 72 Philadelphia Eagles|
|Date of birth:||June 21, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Star City, Arkansas|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||309 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Star City (AR)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2015|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Cedric Thornton (born June 21, 1988) is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for Southern Arkansas.
Thornton was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft and NFL lockout. He initially made the 53-man roster after training camp to open the season, but was waived to make room for offensive lineman Kyle DeVan on September 4. He was re-signed to the team's practice squad the next day and spent the first thirteen weeks of the season on the practice squad. He was promoted to the team's active roster on December 12.
Thornton's playing time increased significantly in 2012, and in 2013, Thornton emerged as the Eagles starting defensive end. Thornton is a Christian, his father Nathaniel is a pastor and his mom is a minister. He attributes his trust in the Lord to his success in the NFL.
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- Stamm, Dan (September 5, 2011). "Eagles Bring Back Thornton to Round Out Practice Squad". NBC Philadelphia. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "Eagles WR Smith ends up on injured reserve with knee injury". NFL.com. December 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-13.