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Jack Thompson
Date of birth: May 18, 1956 (1956-05-18) (age 53)
Place of birth: Tutuila, American Samoa
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
Jersey №: 12, 14
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick 3
 As player:
Cincinnati Bengals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Playing stats at

Jack Thompson (born May 18, 1956 in American Samoa) was a quarterback in the National Football League. Known as "The Throwin' Samoan," a nickname bestowed on him by Spokesman-Review columnist Harry Missildine during Thompson's breakout sophomore season at Washington State University in 1976. He was a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 and played for Cincinnati from 1979-82. Considered by ESPN to be a bust of a draft pick (#26 worst- fellow WSU grad Ryan Leaf is considered #1). He went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1983 and became the team's starting quarterback, but was replaced the following year by Steve DeBerg.

Thompson went to college at Washington State University, where he set numerous school, Pac-10 and NCAA records. He finished ninth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1978. His prowess led the Bengals to make him the third overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft.

He concluded his college career in 1978 as the most prolific passer in NCAA history, throwing for 7,818 yards. He set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions and TD passes. He was all-conference three times and either first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-American three times. He is one of only two players in WSU history to have his number retired (the other is Pro Football Hall of Famer Mel Hein). Thompson wore No. 14. In 1979, named him one of the three most influential players in Washington State football history. He attended Evergreen High School in Seattle.

After his football career, Thompson settled in Seattle and became a mortgage banker, as well as a volunteer quarterbacks coach at Ballard High School. His son Tony, a tight end, followed in his dad's footsteps in suiting up at Washington State, and a nephew, Tavita Pritchard, is a quarterback at Stanford University.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Doug Williams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Steve DeBerg


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