Walter Thurmond

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Walter Thurmond III
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Thurmond in the 2011 NFL preseason.
No. 26 Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-08-12) August 12, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: West Covina (CA)
College: Oregon
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 111
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2015
Total tackles: 160
Sacks: 3.0
Pass deflections: 20
Interceptions: 5
Forced fumbles: 4
Defensive touchdowns: 2
Player stats at

Walter Riley Thurmond III (born August 12, 1987) is an American football safety for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.

Early years[edit]

Thurmond attended West Covina High School in West Covina, California, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track. Considered one of California’s fastest players, he helped lead West Covina to the CIF Southern Section Division VII championship and a 11-2-1. He recorded 29 receptions for 730 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season in addition to rushing for more than 400 yards and two more scores. Also added 85 tackles and five interceptions to earn All-San Gabriel Valley Region honors. He also received All-CIF Southern Section second-team plaudits as a wide receiver in 2004 after attracting first-team All-San Antonio League, All-CIF And all-Valley attention following his 2003 campaign.[1]

Also a standout in track & field, Thurmond made it to the finals of the 2005 USATF Junior Championships in the 110m hurdles, placing eight (14.65 s). As a junior, he ran a season-best time of 14.29 seconds, and in the CIF State Meet, he missed the final by only .10 seconds. He owned personal-bests of 14.16 seconds in the 110m hurdles, 6-8 (2.04m) in the high jump and 15-7 (4.81m) in the pole vault.[2]

College career[edit]

Thurmond played football and ran track at the University of Oregon from 2005 to 2009. He became a starter as a redshirt freshman in 2006, earning honorable mention for the all-Pac-10 team.[3] Thurmond III once again was awarded an honorable mention all-Pac-10 in 2007.[4] After battling injuries in 2008, Thurmond III finished with 5 interceptions, along with one in the 2008 Holiday Bowl.[3][5]

On September 26 against Cal, Thurmond III was hurt and did not return after a hit to the knee on the opening kickoff return. It was later determined that Thurmond III had torn three ligaments in his knee, and would miss the remainder of the 2009 season.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Thurmond was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a contract on June 17, 2010. He was also expected to replace Kelly Jennings as the starting corner for the 2011 season.[7]

On October 24, 2011, Thurmond was placed on injured reserve with a broken fibula and high ankle sprain, ending his season. On November 24, 2013, Thurmond was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse.[8]

Super Bowl XLVIII[edit]

Before the 2013 NFL season, Thurmond's previous seasons were hampered by injuries that ultimately delayed his development. Thurmond began the 2013 NFL season serving a 4-game suspension then returned to replace Brandon Browner who had lost trail speed and was less effective in slot coverage. The Seahawk's secondary would ultimately thrive in 2013 with himself, Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, and Byron Maxwell all excelling together as the Legion of Boom. Thurmond defended the slot throughout the season and would step in for the suspended Browner in the post season to help the Seahawks franchise win its first Super Bowl XLVIII, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. After the success of the Seahawks' secondary, Thurmond would become a coveted free agent along with former teammate Brandon Browner.[9]

New York Giants[edit]

Thurmond was signed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants on March 16, 2014.[10][11]

On September 15, 2014, Thurmond was placed on injured reserve after a torn pectoral sustained in a Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals.[12]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On March 11, 2015, Thurmond signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.[13]

During the offseason, Thurmond converted to safety due to the team's lack of depth at the position. On November 15, 2015, Thurmond converted a safety against the Dolphins in a 19-20 loss


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  3. ^ a b "#6 Walter Thurmond III Biography". Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced". December 3, 2009. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Walter Thurmond III Stats". Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ Hunt, John (September 29, 2009). "UO football: The impact of Walter Thurmond's injury". Retrieved September 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ Florio, Mike (June 17, 2010). "'Hawks haul in Walter Thurmond". Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  8. ^ Katzowitz, Josh (24 November 2013). "Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond faces 4-game suspension". CBS Sports. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Giants sign Walter Thurmond". 
  10. ^ "Giants add Thurmond, Demps". March 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  11. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 16, 2014). "Walter Thurmond, Giants agree to one-year contract". Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  12. ^ Schwartz, Paul (September 15, 2014). "Giants dealt severe blow as Walter Thurmond lost for season". The New York Post. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "QB Sanchez, CB Thurmond Agree To Terms". March 11, 2015. 

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