After 9 seasons in the NFL, David Thornton is retiring. His last two seasons were cut short by injuries and kept him from touching the field in the 2010 season. Before the 2009 season, Thornton had missed only 2 career games. He is 32 years old.
It’s a shame to see him have to retire early because of injuries. Thornton had always been one of my favorite linebackers. He never became a big-play maker but he was a sure tackler, and as you can see by the stats above, a great pass-defender for the Titans. Thornton has also been great at giving back to the community.
In 2008, Thornton was named his team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year for the third time in his career and the first time with the Titans. In Indianapolis, he won the award twice. He has been nominated for the NFL Player’s Association’s highest honor, the Byron “Whizzer” White Award, four times during his career – once with the Colts (2005) and three times with the Titans (2006-08). The award recognizes a player’s service to his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White, the late NFL running back and Supreme Court Justice. Also in 2008, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding commitment to the health and wellness of America’s youth, given to him on behalf of President George W. Bush by Michael W. Smith, vice-chair on the President’s Council. He also was named one of the NFL Players Association JB Award winners for his service to the community.
Thanks for everything Thornton. We’ll miss ya.