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Jack Thompson


Jack Thompson, WSU's Record-Breaking Quarterback

Jack Thompson WSU Quarterback

Jack Thompson (b. 1956) is considered one of the best Quarterbacks in the history of Washington State University football. He was the starting quarterback for the WSU Cougars from 1976 through 1978, and was ninth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy his senior year. Thompson, of Samoan heritage, was nicknamed "The Throwin' Samoan" for his prowess as a passer.

Jack Thompson's quarterback exploits at Washington State University placed him in the record books with the most passing yards in NCAA history up to that point in time, throwing for 7,818 yards. Thompson set Pac-10 records for pass attempts, pass completions and touchdown passes. Jack Thompson was named All-Conference three times in his career at WSU, and he was either a first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-American three times. He is one of only two players in Washinton State history to have his number retired.

Following his college career, Jack Thompson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals as the third pick of the first round in the NFL draft. He played for the Bengals until going to Tampa Bay for the 1983 season. He retired after the 1984 NFL season.

After his NFL career ended, Jack Thompson returned to Seattle and entered the mortgage banking industry. Thompson kept his hand in football as a volunteer quarterbacks coach at Ballard High School in Seattle. Thompson's son Tony, who played tight end, also played football at Washington State University.

Following the disasterous tenure of WSU coach Paul Wulff in 2011, Jack Thompson's name came up in rumors as a possible replacement as the head coach of the Washington State University Cougars. Mike Leach was eventually named as the new WSU coach.


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Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson Links and Resources:

How Is Jack Thompson Not In The College Football Hall Of Fame?

Jack Thompson QB Stats

Jack Thompson, the "Throwin' Samoan" of WSU

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Jack Thompson Data

Position: Quarterback

Jersey #14

Personal Information:

Born: May 19, 1956

Football Career:

High School:

Evergreen High School, Seattle, WA


Washington State University (1975-1978)

NFL Draft Rank: Third pick of the 1st Round

Ninth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1978

Jack Thompson College (WSU) Stats:

Pass attempts


Pass completions






Passing yards


QB rating



Cincinnati Bengals (1979-1982)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1984)


Jack Thompson Career Stats (NFL):

Pass attempts


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Passing yards


QB rating



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