Hugh Thornton (American football)

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Hugh Thornton
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Thornton in 2014
No. 69, 72
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 26)
Boise, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: Oberlin (OH)
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 37
Games started: 32
Player stats at

Hugh Thornton (born June 28, 1991) is a former American football guard. He played college football at Illinois, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Thornton was also a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Early years[edit]

Thornton attended Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio, and played for the Oberlin Phoenix high school football team. He also wrestled for the Oberlin HS wrestling team and in the 2008-2009 season placed third in Ohio at the OSHAA state tournament.

College career[edit]

Thornton enrolled in the University of Illinois, where he played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 2009 to 2012. Following his senior season in 2012, he was recognized as a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection.

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

The Indianapolis Colts chose Thornton in the third round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[1] He began his rookie season as a backup to Mike McGlynn and Donald Thomas at offensive guard. However, he was made a starter after Thomas sustained a season ending quadriceps tear in a week two loss to the Miami Dolphins, and would go on to start 12 regular season games at left guard as a rookie, in addition to the two playoff games that the Colts played in that postseason. In 2014, Thornton appeared in 10 games, 8 as a starter.

On December 28, 2015, Thornton was placed on injured reserve. He played in 13 games in the 2015 season, 12 as a starter.[2]

On September 3, 2016, Thornton was placed on injured reserve.[3]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 21, 2017, Thornton signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[4]


On May 9, 2017, Thornton announced his retirement from the NFL.[5]


When Thornton was twelve years old, his mother and sister were murdered by his mother's ex-boyfriend in his childhood home in Jamaica.[6]


  1. ^ "Colts Select Hugh Thornton on Day 2 on NFL Draft". April 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Indianapolis Colts make roster moves". December 28, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bowen, Kevin. "Colts Make Final Cuts, Assemble 53-Man Roster". 
  4. ^ Jackson, Curtis (March 21, 2017). "Falcons Sign FB Coleman, G Thornton, and FB Vainuku". 
  5. ^ Jackson, Curtis (May 9, 2017). "Hugh Thornton announces his retirement". Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Florio, Mike (May 12, 2013). "Hugh Thornton brings sad, unique story to Colts". Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

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