College: Indiana State
Born: Jan. 20, 1995
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
CFL: 3rd season
Stamps: 3rd season
Games played through 2019
Regular season: 35 (17 with Cgy. in 2018, 18 with Cgy. in 2017)
Playoffs: 2 (1 with Cgy. in 2018, 1 with Cgy. in 2017)
Grey Cup: 2 (1 with Cgy. in 2018, 1 with Cgy. in 2017)
Grey Cup wins: 1 (with Cgy. in 2018)
Signed as a free agent on Jan. 19, 2021.
Thurman originally signed with the Stampeders on May 28, 2017, and played two seasons in Calgary. He signed a futures contract with the National Football League’s Chicago Bears on Jan. 4, 2019. Thurman attended training camp with the Bears and was released on Aug. 31, 2019. He then joined the XFL’s DC Defenders and recorded 28 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown in five games. Prior to joining the Stampeders in 2017, Thurman attended rookie camp with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
(Calgary) Thurman started and played 17 games at weak-side linebacker for the Stampeders, recording 82 defensive tackles including one tackle for loss, 17 special-teams stops, two sacks, two knockdowns, one interception, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. He was on the one-game injury list in Week 20. Thurman started both post-season games for Calgary, recording four tackles in the Western Final and two tackles and a forced fumble in the Stamps’ Grey Cup victory over the Ottawa RedBlacks.
(Calgary) Thurman played all 18 games including 12 starts at outside linebacker and had 52 defensive tackles including one tackle for loss, 13 special-teams tackles, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one knockdown and five quarterback pressures. He also started both post-season games, recording six tackles in the Western Final and seven defensive tackles including one tackle for loss, one special-teams tackle, one sack, one quarterback pressure and two knockdowns in the Grey Cup.
First CFL game: June 23, 2017, at Ottawa
First CFL interception: Aug, 3, 2017, at Toronto
First CFL sack: Aug, 18, 2017, at BC
Thurman played 48 games over four seasons (2013-16) at Indiana State. Thurman finished his career with the Sycamores as the school’s 11th all-time leader in total tackles with 340. He had 28 tackles for loss, five interceptions, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Thurman competed in football and wrestling for the Panthers at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill. He grew up in Bellwood, Ill.