ANTHONY Q. THOMPSON
Inducted: June 20, 2013 in Terre Haute, IN
Date of Birth: April 8, 1967 in Terre Haute
High School Attended: Terre Haute North Graduated: 1986
High School Honors: 3-year football letterman; two-time All-State selection; Prep All-American honors from Parade Magazine and USA Today 1985; senior year statistics of 1,547 running yards, 7.4 average per carry, and 17 touchdowns; had one game with 317 yards gained; career total of 3,819 yards in 505 carries with 36 touchdowns.
College Attended: Indiana University Graduated: 1989
College Honors: 4-year letterman; only player in IU history in any sport to have number retired; IU Male Athlete of the Year 1988, 1989; first consensus All-American in 43 years; only 2-time consensus All-American; career and individual game records - 68 career touchdowns (including bowl games), including 26 in one season and 5 in one game; had 12 games with 3 or more TDs, 28 games gaining 100 yards or more, and 15 games gaining 150 yards; 412 career total points scored (including bowl games); had 1,133 rushes for career rushing yardage of 5,299, 52 rushing carries in one game, and 377 yards rushing in one game; set NCAA records for career touchdowns (not including bowl games) of 65, career scoring (not including bowl games) of 394, and single game rushing of 377 yards in 1989; 1989 honors include Heisman Trophy runner-up (8th in 1988); National Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Foundation, and American Football Coaches Association; Big Ten "Jesse Owens" Men's Athlete of the Year; AP and UPI Big Ten Most Valuable Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten; First Team All-American by Football Coaches Association (Kodak), Football News, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association, Sporting News, Scripps Howard (NEA), AP, and UPI; Chicago Tribune's Silver Football Big Ten MVP (only 3rd 2-time winner in 66 years of award), and many other honors; played for East in East-West Shrine College All-Star game; played in Japan Bowl; along with multiple honors in 1988, was AP and UPI Big Ten Player of the Year; First Team All-American; UPI Back of the Year; 2nd in nation in scoring, 3rd in rushing, and 9th in all-purpose offense; played in Liberty Bowl; received many honors in 1986 and 1987, including setting Big Ten record for rushing yards in first start as a freshman.
Professional Athletic Background: Selected in second round of 1990 NFL draft by Phoenix Cardinals; played with Cardinals 1990-1992 and Los Angeles Rams 1992-1994.
Special Recognition: Currently works as the Assistant Director of Development, Indiana University Varsity Club; serves as pastor of Light House Community Church in Bloomington; inducted into National College Football Hall of Fame 2007; inducted into IU Athletics Hall of Fame; the Tony Dungy-Anthony Thompson Humanitarian Award was co-named in his honor when established by the Big Ten in 2011.
Family: Wife, Lori; children, Anthony II, Ciara, Jacob, and Teka.