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, so he motivates me, too. Only I can dictate what happens to my career, whether I play at an elite level on Sunday or I get dominated. It can go either way. The ball is in my hand and I try to do everything possible to be successful."
Thornton had to overcome long odds, beginning his journey to the pros as a standout player at Division II Southern Arkansas. He was a two-year starter and earned first-team All-America honors as a junior.