Thomas DeCoud

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Thomas DeCoud
Thomas DeCoud 2013.jpg
DeCoud in 2013
Free agent
Position: Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-19) March 19, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Oakland, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Pinole (CA) Valley
College: California
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 98
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 426
Quarterback sacks: 3.0
Interceptions: 15
Forced fumbles: 4
Stats at

Thomas DeCoud (born March 19, 1985) is an American football free safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

DeCoud attended Glencove Elementary School and Hogan Senior High School in Vallejo, California, then attended Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, California and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, as a senior, he was an All-ACCAL selection. In basketball, he was an All-ACCAL selection. Thomas DeCoud graduated from Pinole High School in 2003.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

DeCoud was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Playing primarily on special teams in 10 games as a rookie, DeCoud recorded 6 tackles (5 solo).

He had a breakout season the next year as he started all 16 games at free safety and compiled 68 tackles (57 solo), 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 7 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. After the season, DeCoud received recognition from USA Today, which listed him on its annual "All-Joe" team.[1]

In a SportsCenter interview on September 27, 2012, Decoud played the "Meow Game" from the movie Super Troopers.[2]

He was released from the Falcons on March 11, 2014.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

The Carolina Panthers signed DeCoud to a two-year deal on April 10, 2014.[3] DeCoud made his first start for the Panthers in a 20-14 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 1.[4] During the home opener in a 24-7 win against the Detroit Lions in week 2, DeCoud recorded 3 tackles and was responsible for a pass deflection deep downfield against Calvin Johnson which led to an interception by Melvin White.[5][6] During the Panthers week 5 victory over the Chicago Bears, DeCoud recorded his first interception for the Panthers against Jay Cutler to go along with 4 tackles and a pass deflection.[7] He was released on February 17, 2015.[8]


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