Thornton with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014
|Born:||June 28, 1991|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||320 lb (145 kg)|
|High school:||Oberlin (OH)|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
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.
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.
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.
The Indianapolis Colts chose Thornton in the third round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. 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.
On September 3, 2016, Thornton was placed on injured reserve.
In 2019, Thornton came out of retirement and joined the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football. He was placed on injured reserve on January 30, 2019. He was activated from injured reserve on March 13, 2019.
When Thornton was twelve years old, his mother and sister were murdered by his mother's ex-boyfriend in his childhood home in Jamaica.