Kayvon Thibodeaux (/ˈtɪbədoʊ/ TIB-ə-doh; born December 15, 2000) is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). A native of Los Angeles, he was named USA Today's High School Football Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.
|No. 5 – New York Giants|
|Born:||December 15, 2000|
South Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||258 lb (117 kg)|
|High school:||Oaks Christian|
(Westlake Village, California)
|NFL Draft:||2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2022|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Thibodeaux played college football at Oregon, where was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2019, won the Morris Trophy in 2020, and was voted a unanimous All-American in 2021. He was drafted by the Giants fifth overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
High school careerEdit
Thibodeaux was born in South Los Angeles, California, on December 15, 2000. He attended and played football at Susan Miller Dorsey High School for two years before transferring to Oaks Christian School in 2017. He was named the High School Football Defensive Player of the Year by the USA Today after recording 18 sacks and 54 tackles during his senior season in 2018.
Thibodeaux recorded 152 total tackles, 54 sacks, and eight forced fumbles during his high school career, and was the second-highest rated overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. He accepted a scholarship to play college football for the Oregon Ducks at the University of Oregon over several other offers.
Thibodeaux was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2019. As a sophomore, he won the Morris Trophy on defense and was named first-team All-Pac-12 while also winning MVP honors of the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Thibodeaux suffered a sprained ankle in the first game of his junior season, and sat out the following two games. He recorded seven sacks in 2021 and was unanimously voted to the 2021 College Football All-America Team. Following the season, Thibodeaux announced that he would forgo his senior year and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 4 in
|4.58 s||1.56 s||2.64 s||4.38 s||7.23 s||9 ft 11 in
Thibodeaux was selected fifth overall by the New York Giants in the 2022 NFL Draft. Thibodeax suffered a sprained MCL in Week 2 of the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Thibodeaux made his NFL debut against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3, where he had one tackle in the 23-16 loss. In Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens, Thibodeaux had his first career sack, forcing a game-winning fumble by quarterback Lamar Jackson in the fourth quarter during the 24-20 win. On December 18, 2022, against the Washington Commanders, Thibodeaux completed a forced fumble and recovery for his first career touchdown. His performance earned him the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15.
In Week 17, Thibodeaux sacked Colts quarterback Nick Foles. Despite Foles writhing on the ground with a rib injury, Thibodeaux could be seen celebrating the sack by pretending to make snow angels. As Foles was being carted off the field, Thibodeaux could be seen mimicking Foles "going to sleep." Although he was not penalized or fined, Thibodeaux's celebration was widely criticized by fans, analysts and Colts players as disrespectful and unsportsmanlike.
He started and appeared in 14 games as a rookie. He finished with four sacks, 49 total tackles, five passes defended, and two forced fumbles. He was named to the 2022 PFWA All-Rookie Team.
NFL career statisticsEdit
In July 2021, Thibodeaux announced a collaboration with Nike CEO Phil Knight and shoe designer Tinker Hatfield to design non-fungible token (NFT) artwork. He launched his own cryptocurrency, "$JREAM", in September 2021. It was named after the Jream Foundation, which Thibodeaux also founded. Thibodeaux graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism-advertising.
Thibodeaux is an avid chess player, saying he used chess principles to hone his skills as a football player. He began playing chess at a young age, watching his uncles play the board game. Playing online chess became a passion for him. He was selected as a player for Chess.com's BlitzChamp tournament, a rapid tournament for NFL players.
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- ^ "2022 NFL All-Rookie Team". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 27, 2023.
- ^ Kercheval, Ben (July 7, 2021). "Oregon star Kayvon Thibodeaux partners with Nike co-founder, shoe designer for NFT artwork collaboration". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
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- ^ "CONGRATS, GRADUATES!". Oregon Ducks Athletics. June 18, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
- ^ "How the game of chess has influenced Kayvon Thibodeaux | College GameDay". YouTube.com. ESPN College Football. October 23, 2021. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
- ^ "How the game of Chess has helped mold Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux". RSN. July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
- ^ DiRocco, Michael (March 4, 2022). "Thibodeaux checklist: Copy greats to capture QB". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
- ^ Emma, Chris (March 4, 2022). "How Kayvon Thibodeaux's love of chess made him a top NFL prospect: 'I'm thinking moves ahead'". Audacy.com. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
- ^ "Announcing BlitzChamps With NFL Stars Fitzgerald, Thibodeaux, Parsons, And More!". Chess.com. June 17, 2022. Retrieved July 5, 2022.