David Thornton (American football)
|Date of birth:||November 1, 1978|
|Place of birth:||Goldsboro, North Carolina|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106|
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Thornton played college football at the University of North Carolina where he was teammates 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.
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.
He became an unrestricted free agent and signed a five-year deal with the Titans on March 13, 2006 . He retired on August 5, 2011.
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