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Former Wide Receiver for the San Diego Chargers

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Yancey Thigpen Biography

Yancey Thigpen was born August 15, 1969 in Tarboro, North Carolina and is a former professional American Football wide receiver who played for the San Diego Chargers (1991), the Pittsburgh Steelers (19921997), and the Tennessee Oilers/Titans (19982000). Before his NFL career, he played for Winston-Salem State University, where he also played collegiate basketball.

Thigpen played infrequently in his first three seasons, but had a breakout year in 1994, catching 36 passes for 546 yards. Then in 1995, he made the Pro Bowl, catching 85 passes for 1,307 yards and five touchdowns, and assisting his team to Super Bowl XXX, where he recorded three catches for 19 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 2717 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Thigpen played only six games in the following season due to injuries, but made a full recovery in the 1997 season, catching a 79 passes for 1,398 yards and 7 touchdowns and making his second Pro Bowl selection.

In 1998 he signed with the Oilers with a contract that was then the highest known for any wide receiver and played with them for the final three seasons of his career, assisting the team (now known as the Titans) to Super Bowl XXXIV in the 1999 season. Thigpen's greatest accomplishment in this endeavour might have been the signal from his contract the role Wide Receivers would play in the future. Thigpen retired after the 2000 season with 313 career receptions for 5,081 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for four yards, returned two punts for 30 yards, and gained 188 yards on eight kickoff returns.

Thigpen went to a small HBCU called Winston-Salem State University because he was not recruited heavily out of high school. The high school he attended was Southwest Edgecombe High School. His great performance there allowed him to be drafted relatively high for someone from such a small school.



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