Joe Thuney
Thuney in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 62     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-11-18) November 18, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Centerville, Ohio
Career information
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New England Patriots ( 2016–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
*2× Super Bowl champion (LI, LIII)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played     48
Games started     48

Joseph Thuney (/ˈtni/ TOO-nee; born November 16, 1992) is an American football guard for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State.[1]

College careerEdit

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4½ in 304 lb 4.95 s 1.71 s 2.84 s 4.54 s 7.47 s 28½ in 9 ft 2 in 28 rep

New England PatriotsEdit

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, 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.[7][8] The PFWA named Thuney to its 2016 All-Rookie Team at guard.[9] 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. [10] 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 the Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.[11]

References Edit

  4. Jordan Heck (30 July 2019). "Patriots player avoided Wonderlic questions so he wouldn't 'scare teams off' with his intelligence" (in en).
  5. "Combine Player Profiles – Joe Thuney". National Football League. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  6. "Joe Thuney Draft Profile". The Sports Xchange. Retrieved February 14, 2017..
  7. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  8. Mason, Chris (January 29, 2017). "Patriots notebook: Rookie guard Joe Thuney plays it cool".
  9. Hill, Rich (January 17, 2017). "Patriots LG Joe Thuney named to PFWA 2016 All Rookie Team".

External links Edit

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