Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson
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Thompson at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2012.
No. 14 Chicago Bears
Position: Wide receiver/Kick Returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Belle Glade, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central
College: Florida
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2015
Receptions: 16
Receiving yards: 183
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Total return yards: 789
Return touchdowns: 0
Player stats at

Deonte Thompson (born February 14, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team. Thompson was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Early years[edit]

Thompson was born in the small agricultural town of Belle Glade, Florida. He attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, where he played for the Glades Central Raiders high school football team. As a senior in 2006, he helped lead the Raiders to a Class 3A state football championship with 30 receptions for 504 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing five games with a foot injury. In the state championship game, he rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns.[1]

Thompson also ran in the 100-meter and 200-meter events for the Glades Central track and field team. He won the 100 meters at the 2007 Western Conference Meet, with a career-best time of 10.47 seconds.[2] In the finals of the 2007 FHSAA 2A Region 4, he earned first place in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters.[3] He ran a career-best time of 21.29 seconds in the 200 meters as a senior.

College career[edit]

Thompson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, and played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2008 to 2011. After red-shirting in 2007, he played in every game in 2008 – a season which culminated in the Gators winning the BCS National Championship. In 2010, his most productive year, he had 38 receptions, 570 receiving yards and a touchdown as a junior.[4] As a senior in 2011, he compiled 21 receptions, 264 receiving yards and a touchdown.[4] In four seasons, he totaled 101 catches for 1,446 yards and nine touchdowns.[4]

He was also a member of the Gators track and field team. He placed fifth in the 60-meter dash at the 2009 Tyson Invitational with a time of 6.80 seconds.[5]

Professional career[edit]

2012 Florida's Pro Day[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 198 lb 4.31 s 1.50 s 2.51 s 4.40 s 6.96 s 36.5 in 10 ft 5 in 20 reps
All values from Central Florida Pro Day.[6]
Thompson (right) and Tommy Streeter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2012.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Thompson signed with Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012.[7]

He made the team and caught five passes in the regular season, and handled kick return duties for the first five games. Thompson had his best game as a receiver in week 4 of the 2013 season when he caught 4 passes for 50 yards.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On December 8, 2014, Thompson was signed by the Buffalo Bills. On September 4, 2015, he was waived-injured by the Bills.[8] On September 11, 2015, Thompson was released by the Bills with an injury settlement.[9]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On September 22, 2015, Thompson was signed by the Chicago Bears to the practice squad.[10] On November 10, Thompson was promoted to the active roster.[11]

Legal issues[edit]

Thompson was arrested Friday, February 21, 2014, and charge with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the Gainesville, Florida police department.[12]

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