Corey Thompson (American football)

Corey Thompson (born December 23, 1993) is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU.

Corey Thompson
No. 52 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1993-12-23) December 23, 1993 (age 26)
Missouri City, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Elkins (Missouri City, Texas)
College:LSU
Undrafted:2018
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:21
Sacks:0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life and high schoolEdit

Thompson was born and raised in Missouri City, Texas and attended Elkins High School. He was a standout safety for the Knights football team and was ranked the 18th-best recruit at his position by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com and 23rd by ESPN. Thompson initially committed to play college football at Texas A&M, but de-committed and accepted a scholarship to play for Louisiana State University after a late push by LSU coach Les Miles.[1]

College careerEdit

Thompson was a member LSU Tigers football team for six seasons, as he was forced to redshirt his junior and redshirt senior seasons due to injury, and played both linebacker and safety for the Tigers. In his final season, Thompson recorded 43 total tackles and six sacks. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Administration in 2015 and spent his final two years at LSU working on a Masters in Liberal Arts.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Thompson signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2018.[3] Thompson was cut from the Bills' active roster at the end of training camp and subsequently re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 2, 2018.[4] He was promoted to the Bills' active roster on November 19, 2018.[5] Thompson made his NFL debut on November 25, 2018 in the Bills' 24-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, recording one tackle.[6] In his rookie season, Thompson played in six games (one start) with 14 tackles, including one for loss, and a forced fumble.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Thompson was born on December 23, 1993 to Tony Thompson (Shanté) and Dyan Webber. His father played wide receiver for Texas A&M and his mother was an All-American sprinter for Texas Southern University and was an alternate for the U.S.'s gold medal-winning 4 × 100 meters relay team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Merriman, Sean (February 6, 2012). "LSU Football Recruiting: Grading Every Commitment". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Lavoie, Dan (April 18, 2018). "LSU LB/S Corey Thompson made pre-draft visit to Buffalo Bills". BuffaloRumblings.com. SB Nation. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Shurski, Jay (April 28, 2018). "Bills continue to add undrafted free agents". The Buffalo News. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Warren, Matt (September 2, 2018). "Buffalo Bills add eight recent cuts to practice squad". BuffaloRumblings.com. SB Nation. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Wojton, Nick (November 19, 2018). "Bills add LB Corey Thompson to roster". Bills Wire. USA Today. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Silagyi, Kyle (November 25, 2018). "GAME RECAP: Bills take down Jaguars in 24-21 victory". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Corey Thompson Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Dellinger, Ross (September 10, 2017). "LSU linebacker Corey Thompson overcomes 5 surgeries, dashes thoughts of quitting to become early-season playmaker". The Advocate. Retrieved November 20, 2018.

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