Darrell Thompson

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Darrell Thompson
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Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1967-11-23) November 23, 1967 (age 52)
St. Louis, MO
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:John Marshall
(Rochester, Minnesota)
College:Minnesota
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:60
Games started:28
Rushing attempts-yards:464-1,641
Receptions-yards:41-330
Touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com

Darrell Alexander Thompson (born November 23, 1967) is a former professional American football running back who played for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Green Bay Packers. He was selected by Green Bay in the first round (19th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in St. Louis, Missouri to George and Morsie Thompson and is the oldest of three children. Thompson comes from an athletic family; both his siblings, George Jr. and Jennifer, played collegiate volleyball, and George Thompson is the nephew of Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. When Darrell was one year old, the family relocated to Rochester, Minnesota.

At John Marshall High School Thompson was a three sport standout where he was all-state in track & field, a McDonald's all-American in basketball and a Gatorade all-American in football. As a three-year player, Thompson became one of the most decorated and sought after running backs in the nation.[citation needed] After graduating from high school he decided to play college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers over Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, UCLA, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

College Career[edit]

While at Minnesota, he was the starting running back for all four years and became the first Big Ten running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman and as a sophomore. He is the university's all-time leader in career rushing yards, attempts, all-purpose yards, touchdowns and holds the record for longest run from scrimmage at 98 yards. He was then selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft in April 1990.

Rushing statistics Receiving statistics
Year Team G Att Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
1986* Minnesota 11 217 1240 5.7 8 21 198 9.4 3
1987* Minnesota 11 224 1229 5.5 13 6 39 6.5 0
1988* Minnesota 11 210 910 4.3 9 10 49 4.9 0
1989 Minnesota 11 260 1139 4.4 10 10 51 5.1 0
College Totals 44 911 4518 5.0 40 47 337 7.2 3

*indicates bowl stats included

Professional career[edit]

During his NFL career, Thompson played in 60 games as a fullback and tailback for the Green Bay Packers. During his five seasons he gained 1,640 yards rushing, 330 yards receiving, and scored 8 touchdowns. Thompson played alongside Brett Favre, Reggie White, Leroy Butler and Sterling Sharpe.

NFL statistics[edit]

Rushing

Year Team G Att Yards Avg TD Long 1st downs Fum
1990 GB 16 76 264 3.5 1 37 0 0
1991 GB 13 141 471 3.3 1 40 24 0
1992 GB 7 76 254 3.3 2 33 17 2
1993 GB 16 169 654 3.9 3 60 30 2
1994 GB 8 2 -2 -1.0 0 2 0 0
Career 60 464 1641 3.5 7 60 71 4

Receiving

Year Team G Rec Yards Avg TD Long 1st downs Fum
1990 GB 16 3 1 0.3 0 1 0 0
1991 GB 13 7 71 10.1 0 18 2 0
1992 GB 7 13 129 9.9 1 43 7 0
1993 GB 16 18 129 7.1 0 34 6 0
Career 60 41 330 8.0 1 43 15 0

Kickoff Returns

Year Team G Att Yards TD Long
1990 GB 16 3 103 1 76
1991 GB 13 7 127 0 30
1993 GB 16 9 171 0 42
1994 GB 8 4 67 0 19
Career 60 23 468 1 76

Post NFL career[edit]

Darrell Thompson speaks with supporters of Bolder Options in June 2019

Thompson has been the President Director of Bolder Options,[1][2] a youth mentoring nonprofit organization in that serves youth in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester, since 1998. Both Thompson and Bolder Options were featured on The Today Show with Al Roker in 2006 as part of Roker's charity tour.[3]

In 1997 Thompson was selected into the Gophers Hall of Fame, and later became a sideline reporter for the Gophers. He has served as the Minnesota Gopher football radio color commentator since 1998.

Personal life[edit]

Thompson married Stephanie Smith in 1995. The couple currently resides in Plymouth, Minnesota and have four children. Their oldest daughter, Dominique, played collegiate volleyball at University of Wisconsin–Madison and then professionally in Denmark for the 2015-2016 season. Their other daughter, Indigo, plays collegiate volleyball at San Diego State University. Their oldest son, True, plays football collegiality at the University of Minnesota and their youngest son, Race, plays basketball at Indiana University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nonprofit Profile: Bolder Options". StarTribune. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Minnesotan To Meet: Darrell Thompson Of Bolder Options". CBSLocal. 2015-02-03. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Al visits Minneapolis on his charity tour". Retrieved April 4, 2019.

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