Marcus Thigpen

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Marcus Thigpen
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Thigpen with the Dolphins in 2012
No. -- Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Mumford
College: Indiana
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total return yards: 3,444
Rushing yards: 25
Receptions: 9
Receiving yards: 112
Total TDs: 4
Player stats at

Marcus Arnette Thigpen (born May 15, 1986) is a football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) who is currently a free agent. Originally a running back, he played college football at Indiana University and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Thigpen has also been a member of the Denver Broncos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, and Indianapolis Colts.

Early years[edit]

Thigpen attended Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan and was a letterman in football and track. During his high school career, he was one of the top sprinters in the state of Michigan. During his senior year (2004), he won the MHSAA Division I 100-meter dash with a time of 10.82 and led Mumford to its third consecutive outdoor state track and field title in as many years. He also led the Detroit Public School League with 1,785 yards and twenty touchdowns. In 2011, Mumford won its 11th state track and field championship in the school's history.

College career[edit]

After high school, Thigpen enrolled at Indiana University but was redshirted his freshman year. During his four years of competition (2005-2008), he finished his career as the third best kick returner (2,009 yards) in the school's history. He also ranks third in all-purpose yards with 4,655 and scored 21 touchdowns. He was the first IU player to get more than 1,000 yards in rushing (1,621), receiving (1,028) and kick returning (2,009). He was selected as one of the team's captains as a fifth-year senior and was named IU's offensive player of the year in 2008. He graduated in 2009 with a major in social/behavioral science and criminal justice.[1]

Track and field[edit]

Thigpen led the Hoosiers with a 2006 season-best time of 10.65 in the 100 meters, which he clocked at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, good for sixth place. He also ran the first leg of IU's 4 x 100 meter relay team that clocked 40.13 seconds, which is the third fastest time in IU history at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. In 2006, he took seventh in the 60 meters, with a time of 6.89 seconds and sixth in the 200 meters, with a time of 21.94 seconds at the Big Ten indoor meet, and he placed seventh in the 100 meters at the Big Ten outdoor meet, with a time of 10.75 seconds.

His personal bests are 6.77 seconds in the 60 meters, 10.34 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.27 seconds in the 200 meters.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.77 Bloomington, Indiana February 17, 2006
100 meters 10.34 Knoxville, Tennessee April 11, 2008
200 meters 21.27 Bloomington, Indiana April 18, 2008

Professional career[edit]

2009 Indiana's Pro Day Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 184 lb 4.45 s 1.53 s 2.58 s 4.16 s 7.20 s 35 in 10 ft 6 in 21 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Thigpen was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles on April 27, 2009.[2] He was waived on August 4.

Denver Broncos[edit]

Thigpen signed with the Denver Broncos on August 16, 2009. He was waived on August 26.

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

Thigpen signed a practice roster agreement with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on October 2, 2009. He was removed from the practice roster and signed to the active roster on November 7. He was part of the final cuts following the 2010 training camp.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

Thigpen was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' active roster on June 26, 2010.[3] He returned the team's first kickoff of the 2010 season for a touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was named the CFL Special Teams Player of Week 1.[4] In week 2, he returned a Burke Dales punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.[5] On August 13, 2010, after rushing for a touchdown, Thigpen became the first player in CFL history to score a touchdown five different ways in one season. In total, he had scored on a kickoff return, punt return, missed field goal return, a running play and a reception.[6]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Thigpen was signed to a reserve/future contract by the Dolphins on January 12, 2012.

On September 9, 2012, Thigpen returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL game versus the Houston Texans. This was the first punt return touchdown by the Miami Dolphins since 2007, when Ted Ginn, Jr returned a punt for a TD versus the Philadelphia Eagles. On November 15, 2012, Thigpen returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills. On December 15, 2013, he caught a 14-yard touchdown strike from Ryan Tannehill with 1:15 left in the 4th quarter to provide the winning margin over the New England Patriots, which put an end to the Patriots' string of three come-from-behind victories in 2013 and also snapped the Dolphins' seven-game losing streak to New England.

Thigpen was released by Miami during their final cuts on August 30, 2014.

New England Patriots[edit]

On September 3, 2014, Thigpen was signed by the New England Patriots to their practice squad and released a week later on September 10, 2014.

Second stint with the Miami Dolphins[edit]

On September 23, 2014, Thigpen was re-signed by the Miami Dolphins to their practice squad. His position was changed from running back to wide receiver, and he changed from uniform number 34 to 19.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Thigpen signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on October 21, 2014. He was promoted to the active roster on October 31, 2014, after Trindon Holliday was waived/injured.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Due to an injury to starter Leodis McKelvin, Thigpen was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills on November 26, 2014. In the Bills game against the Green Bay Packers, Thigpen took a Tim Masthay punt at the Buffalo 25, sprinted to the left hash mark and then to the left sideline for an electrifying 75-yard touchdown. This phenomenal play gave Buffalo a 7-3 lead and was vital to the 21-13 Buffalo win. It also earned Thigpen Peter King's MMQB Special Teams Player of the Week Award.[7]

Thigpen was released from the Buffalo Bills on October 7 in favor of Wide Receiver Denarius Moore.[8]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Thigpen signed with Indianapolis Colts on October 12, 2015, but was released several days later on October 17, never playing a game with the team.[9]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Thigpen signed with the Oakland Raiders on November 4, 2015. Thigpen was waived by the Raiders on November 14, 2015.

Second stint with Buffalo Bills[edit]

On November 25, 2015, Thigpen re-signed with the Buffalo Bills.[10] On December 22, 2015, the Buffalo Bills waived Thigpen.[11]


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  2. ^ "DE Gaines, FB Mailei Highlight RFAs". April 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Ticats Add Pair To Roster | Hamilton Tiger-Cats". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  4. ^ "Durant headlines Players of the Week". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Maver kicks Stamps past Sandro's Ticats". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Scorn on the Cobb no more: Cats beat Bombers". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
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  8. ^ "Bills sign K Billy Cundiff and Denarius Moore.". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Sims, Chris (October 12, 2015). "Colts cut QB Josh Johnson, add return specialist Marcus Thigpen". Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bills sign Marcus Thigpen, Ryan Groy; release Denarius Moore, Boom Herron". Buffalo Rumblings. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  11. ^ "Woods, Johnson to I-R; Henderson's season over too". Retrieved 2015-12-30. 

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