Posted April 26, 2013 on
Being drafted in the NFL is a big accomplishment for any college football player, but for former Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton, hearing his name called Friday night carried much, much more weight.

From Illinois to Indy

Illinois G/OT Hugh Thornton got the call Friday night with the news that he'll be heading down I-74 to Indianapolis to suit up for the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts select Hugh Thornton with the 86th Pick

The Colts have used their 3rd round pick on Hugh Thornton, guard from Illinois.As mentioned in my preview guide, I like Thornton and players from Illinois. He helps fill a big need on the Colts, and should compete for the starting job right away. He has a lot of potential in this system.He was the star of the O-line at Illinois and was a big reason why they had a good run blocking...

Colts draft Illini Hugh Thornton; endured very rough road to reach NFL

Hugh Thornton has gone through a lot of adversity to get to the NFL. And I mean genuine adversity; not the cliched “adversity” you hear from college football players and in “coachspeak.” During his childhood, Hugh Thornton saw his parents get divorced, his mother and sister murdered while visiting them in Jamaica and he had to move in with his aunt after being abused by his...

Akeem Realizes His Dream

Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence got the call he was waiting for on Saturday in the fourth round, but it wasn't who he expected. Instead, it turned out better than he expected.

Illinois Fighting Illini: Four Illini hear their names called at NFL Draft

The Illinois Fighting Illini had four players - Hugh Thornton (Indianapolis Colts), Akeem Spence (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Terry Hawthorne (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Michael Buchanan (New England Patriots) - selected in the recently completed NFL Draft. There were no surprises of which four were picked among the 254 selections, but the order in which they went was not what many analysts...
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