Kalen Thornton

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Kalen Thornton
No. 53
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-05-12) May 12, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) St. Mark's
College: Texas
Undrafted: 2004
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
games played: 16
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Kalen Bruce Thornton (born May 12, 1982 in Dallas, Texas) he is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played American football at the University of Texas.

Early years[edit]

Thornton graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas. He played college football for the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a four-year starter, as well as an Academic All-Big 12 student-athlete.

Professional career[edit]

Thornton was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2004 NFL Draft. He was converted into an outside linebacker and posted 8 defensive tackles and 13 special teams tackles.

In 2005, he was expected to compete for the starting job against rookie DeMarcus Ware,[1] but he suffered a left knee injury in training camp that required career-ending microfracture surgery and was placed on the injured reserve list.[2] On May 31, 2006, he was waived injure after not been able to recover from his previous knee injury.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Following his professional football career, Thornton spent time in private wealth management for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney until 2009 before matriculating at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently works as a marketing director at Nike.

His father Bruce Thornton also played football in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, while his brother Kyle played for Texas and then for University of North Alabama. His youngest brother Kenton, also starred for St. Mark's before doing a post-graduate year at Blair Academy, where he was prep offensive player of the year in New Jersey before playing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also transferring to University of North Alabama.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Outside Linebackers". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ "A look at Saturday's NFL cuts". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cowboys Release Thornton". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Family Ties". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 

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