Joe Thuney
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Thuney with the New England Patriots in 2017
No. 62 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1992-11-18) November 18, 1992 (age 29)
Centerville, Ohio
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Archbishop Alter
(Kettering, Ohio)
College:NC State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:97
Games started:97
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Joseph Thuney (/ˈtni/ TOO-nee; born November 18, 1992[1]) is an American football guard for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State.[2] He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third-round (78th overall selection) in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early life

His parents Mike and Beth Thuney raised him and their other three children, Monica, Eric and Megan in Centerville, Ohio.[3] There Thuney was a member of two D4 state championship teams at Archbishop Alter High School. As a Senior he was Greater Catholic League Lineman of the Year and president of his senior class.[4]

College career

Thuney played sparingly at NC State during his freshman year. He came into his redshirt sophomore year as the projected starting center but ended up starting the season opener at right tackle, the second game at right guard and the last 10 games at left tackle.[5] In his junior year he started at left guard and at left tackle his senior year. He became the first member of the NC State Wolfpack to be named an All-American since Jim Ritcher in 1979.[6] He was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, which rewards the best combination of academics, community service, and performance on the field, and he graduated from NC State cum laude in just three years. NFL reporter Matt Verderame claims that when Thuney took the Wonderlic Personnel Test he avoided answering many of the questions so he would not come off as too smart.[7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+58 in
(1.95 m)
304 lb
(138 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.95 s 1.71 s 2.84 s 4.54 s 7.47 s 28+12 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8][9]

New England Patriots

Thuney was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 78th overall selection, 13 picks before the Patriots drafted his teammate, quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Thuney won the starting left guard spot to start the season and remained the starter for all 16 regular-season games; according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, he played the highest number of snaps of any Patriot in 2016. He also started all three postseason games. On February 5, 2017, Thuney was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[10][11] The PFWA named Thuney to its 2016 All-Rookie Team at guard.[12] Thuney made it to his second straight Super Bowl when the Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots failed to repeat as Super Bowl Champions when they lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Thuney once again started all 16 games at left guard for the Patriots in 2018, and for the third time in his three-year career, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, that makes Thuney the first player in NFL history to start in the Super Bowl in each of his first three seasons.[13] The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13–3, to win their second Super Bowl in three years. Thuney played every offensive snap for the team and helped contain Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.[14]

The Patriots placed the franchise tag on Thuney on March 16, 2020.[15] He signed the franchise tag on March 20, 2020.[16]

In 2020, with David Andrews out on injured reserve, Thuney was pressed into service at center for the Patriots' Week 3 game against the Las Vegas Raiders.[17]

Kansas City Chiefs

Thuney signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 18, 2021.[18]

NFL career statistics

Year Team GP GS
2016 NE 16 16
2017 NE 16 16
2018 NE 16 16
2019 NE 16 16
2020 NE 16 16
2021 KC 17 17
Career 97 97

References

  1. ^ "Joe Thuney". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Thuney stands out on NC State's offensive line | News & Observer". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Thuney family celebrates another Super Bowl victory". Journal-news.com. February 6, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Joe Thuney". Patriots.com. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Joe Thuney - 2015 - Football - NC State University Athletics".
  6. ^ "Joe Thuney | New England Patriots". Archived from the original on May 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Jordan Heck (July 30, 2019). "Patriots player avoided Wonderlic questions so he wouldn't 'scare teams off' with his intelligence". Sporting News.
  8. ^ "Combine Player Profiles – Joe Thuney". National Football League. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Joe Thuney Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. The Sports Xchange. Retrieved February 14, 2017..
  10. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Mason, Chris (January 29, 2017). "Patriots notebook: Rookie guard Joe Thuney plays it cool". BostonHerald.com.
  12. ^ Hill, Rich (January 17, 2017). "Patriots LG Joe Thuney named to PFWA 2016 All Rookie Team". PatsPulpit.com.
  13. ^ https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/patriots’-joe-thuney-will-be-first-player-to-start-3-super-bowls-in-first-3-seasons/ar-BBSN9yX?li=BBnbcA1
  14. ^ "Joe Thuney dominated Aaron Donald on Patriots' TD drive".
  15. ^ "Patriots Designate OL Joe Thuney as Franchise Player". Patriots.com. March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  16. ^ "Patriots guard Joe Thuney signs franchise tender". ESPN.com. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  17. ^ Jaillet, Danny (September 28, 2020). "Patriots OL Joe Thuney showed his value by changing positions". patriotswire.com. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  18. ^ Shook, Nick (March 15, 2021). "Chiefs signing former Patriots OL Joe Thuney to 5-year, $80M deal". NFL.com.