Bruce Thornton (cornerback)

Bruce Thornton Sr. (born January 31, 1980) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at the University of Georgia.

Bruce Thornton
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Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1980-01-31) January 31, 1980 (age 40)
LaGrange, Georgia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:LaGrange (GA)
College:Georgia
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 121
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:13
Games started:11
Tackles:41
Interceptions:2
Return yards:43
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Thornton attended LaGrange High School, where he was a three-year starter at running back. As a senior, he earned Super Prep All-America honors after finishing with 1,920 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns, 932 return yards and 12 blocked kicks. In his high school career he totalled 560 carries for 4,541 rushing yards.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Georgia. He redshirted his freshman year after breaking his thumb. The following season, he only started one game at tailback, registering 230 yards, 47 carries, 3 touchdowns (2 were against New Mexico State University), while averaging 18.4 yards per kickoff return.

As a sophomore, he was converted into a cornerback by Willie Martinez, Georgia's secondary coach and defensive coordinator, posting 9 starts, 32 tackles, one tackle for loss and 7 passes defensed.

As a junior, he collected 43 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defensed . He returned a blocked punt 12 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern Louisiana State University. He also returned an interception 71 yards (second longest in school history) for a touchdown in the Sugar Bowl against Florida State University.

As a senior, he was named a team captain and was the Bulldogs' best cornerback, starting 13 games and often facing the opponents' best wide receiver.[1] He posted 54 tackles (seventh on the team), 3 tackles for loss, 8 passes defensed and 2 interceptions.

He finished his college career with 129 tackles (8 for loss), 4 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, 41 carries for 230 yards, 3 touchdowns and 22 kickoff returns for 404 yards (18.4-yard average).

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Thornton was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He only played one game in 2004, in which he returned two kickoffs for 43 yards, before tearing his ACL and being placed on the injured reserve list.[2] He was waived on September 8, 2005.[3]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

The San Francisco 49ers signed him to their practice squad on September 14, 2005.[4] Injuries forced the 49ers to promote him to the active roster on September 30 and eventually named him the starter at left cornerback. In his first start he was matched against All-Pro Marvin Harrison and was able to limit him to 2 receptions for 17 yards, receiving honorable mention NFL defensive player of the week. He finished with 11 starts, 32 tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 passes defensed.

On August 1, 2006, he was released after struggles in his play caused him to drop in the depth chart.[5]

New York JetsEdit

On August 4, 2006, he signed as a free agent with the New York Jets and was waived 8 days later.[6]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On May 9, 2007, he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and was released on September 1.[7]

Montreal Alouettes (CFL)Edit

Thornton joined the Montreal Alouettes practice squad late in 2007, but did not make the team the following year.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lynch, Kevin (2005-11-13). "Thornton corners a job with 49ers". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Giants Match 2004 Win Total". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Dave Jones (August 1, 2006). "Niners release Bruce Thornton". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Dan Leberfeld (August 4, 2006). "Jets sign CB Bruce Thornton". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jags sign CB Thornton". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-06. Retrieved 2017-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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