Hugh Thornton (American football)

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Hugh Thornton
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Thornton with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 28)
Boise, Idaho
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Oberlin (OH)
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:37
Games started:32
Player stats at

Hugh Thornton (born June 28, 1991) is an American football guard who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Illinois, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Thornton has also been a member of the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Hotshots.

Early years[edit]

Thornton attended Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio, and played for the Oberlin Phoenix high school football team. He also wrestled for the Oberlin HS wrestling team and in the 2008-2009 season placed third in Ohio at the OSHAA state tournament.

College career[edit]

Thornton enrolled in the University of Illinois, where he played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 2009 to 2012. Following his senior season in 2012, he was recognized as a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection.

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

The Indianapolis Colts chose Thornton in the third round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[1] He began his rookie season as a backup to Mike McGlynn and Donald Thomas at offensive guard. However, he was made a starter after Thomas sustained a season ending quadriceps tear in a week two loss to the Miami Dolphins, and would go on to start 12 regular season games at left guard as a rookie, in addition to the two playoff games that the Colts played in that postseason. In 2014, Thornton appeared in 10 games, 8 as a starter.

On December 28, 2015, Thornton was placed on injured reserve. He played in 13 games in the 2015 season, 12 as a starter.[2]

On September 3, 2016, Thornton was placed on injured reserve.[3]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 21, 2017, Thornton signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[4] On May 9, 2017, Thornton announced his retirement.[5]

Arizona Hotshots[edit]

In 2019, Thornton came out of retirement and joined the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.[6] He was placed on injured reserve on January 30, 2019.[7] He was activated from injured reserve on March 13, 2019.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On July 31, 2019, Thornton signed with the Washington Redskins.[8] He was waived on August 31, 2019.[9]


When Thornton was twelve years old, his mother and sister were murdered by his mother's ex-boyfriend in his childhood home in Jamaica.[10]


  1. ^ "Colts Select Hugh Thornton on Day 2 on NFL Draft". April 26, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Indianapolis Colts make roster moves". December 28, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Bowen, Kevin (September 3, 2016). "Colts Make Final Cuts, Assemble 53-Man Roster".
  4. ^ Jackson, Curtis (March 21, 2017). "Falcons Sign FB Coleman, G Thornton, and FB Vainuku".
  5. ^ Jackson, Curtis (May 9, 2017). "Hugh Thornton announces his retirement". Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Huett, Wes (January 28, 2019). "New Alliance of American Football includes players and coaches with ties to Illinois". Journal Star. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Arizona Hotshots Week One Game Time Changed". Our Sports Central. February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Copeland, Kareem; Carpenter, Les. "Redskins sign offensive tackle Donald Penn, guard Hugh Thornton". Washington Post. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  9. ^ "Redskins Make Roster Moves". August 31, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Florio, Mike (May 12, 2013). "Hugh Thornton brings sad, unique story to Colts". Retrieved June 22, 2014.

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