Weegie Thompson

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Willis Hope "Weegie" Thompson
No. 87
Date of birth (1961-03-21) March 21, 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Pensacola, Florida
Career information
Position(s) wide receiver
College Florida State
NFL draft 1984 / Round: 4 / Pick 108
Career history
As player
1984–1989 Pittsburgh Steelers
Career stats

Willis Hope "Weegie" Thompson (born March 21, 1961 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played high school football for Midlothian High School in Richmond, Virginia. He was recruited by Florida State University as a quarterback.

College statistics[edit]

  • 1981: 2 catches for 73 yards.[1]
  • 1982: 8 catches for 136 yards and 2 TD.
  • 1983: 31 catches for 502 yards and 3 TD.

Professional career[edit]

Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott gushes when he talks about Thompson. In Thompson's rookie season, 1984, the Steelers were the only team to beat the 49ers. One reason they did was by assigning Thompson to block Lott on every play. "He blocked my butt all day -- and fair," Lott remembered. "Every play, he came after me. And I respect the hell out of Weegie Thompson to this day. He's one of the toughest guys I ever played against." [2]

Personal[edit]

Thompson is called Weegie because his Father, Willis Sr., was nicknamed Weegie when his younger brother couldn't pronounce Willis. It came out Weegie. So, Weegie is Weegie Jr. (Willis).[3]

After his playing days, Thompson took a position with Chambers Development before moving on to work as a salesman with Waste Management in Midlothian, Virginia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/weegie-thompson-1.html
  2. ^ Miller, Ira (2000-07-26). "No. 1: The Vicious Gentleman". SFGate. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  3. ^ Emert, Rich (2003-09-09). "Where are they now? Weegie Thompson". PostGazette.com. Retrieved 2011-01-18.