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McLeod Bethel-Thompson
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Height:
6-3
Weight:
230
College:
Sacramento State
Hometown:
San Francisco, CA
Experience:
3

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2012 (0/0, 0/0-Minn). Total- 0/0.

  • • Earned roster spot with Vikings in 2012 as the 3rd QB.
  • • Has played pro football in the Arena Football League, NFL and United Football League. 
  • • His grandfather, Wilbur Thompson, was a gold-medal winner in the shot put in 1948 for the United States. 

OFF THE FIELD Grandfather, Wilbur Thompson, was a gold medalist as a shot putter in the 1948 Games...Earned his degree in history...Interested in the political process, served an internship at the California state house during college...Aspires to a career in teaching and helping inner-city youth...Full name is McLeod John Baltazar Bethel-Thompson.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2012 (0/0, 0/0-Minn). Total- 0/0.

  • • Earned roster spot with Vikings in 2012 as the 3rd QB.
  • • Has played pro football in the Arena Football League, NFL and United Football League. 
  • • His grandfather, Wilbur Thompson, was a gold-medal winner in the shot put in 1948 for the United States. 

OFF THE FIELD Grandfather, Wilbur Thompson, was a gold medalist as a shot putter in the 1948 Games...Earned his degree in history...Interested in the political process, served an internship at the California state house during college...Aspires to a career in teaching and helping inner-city youth...Full name is McLeod John Baltazar Bethel-Thompson. 

PRO Signed by Vikings on 1/13/12...Spent time in Arena Football League, NFL and United Football League during a hectic 2011 affected by the NFL lockout...Began pro career with Arena League’s San Jose SaberCats in spring 2011...Joined 49ers for preseason and training camp...Played with UFL’s Sacramento Mountian Lions following release by 49ers...Ended 2011 season on Dolphins’ practice squad.

2012 Active as the backup QB for 1st career game in Wild Card playoff at Green Bay (1/5/13)...Inactive for all 16 regular season games...Made Vikings 53-man roster following preseason, the 1st time in his career he made an NFL regular roster...Earned Vikings 3rd QB position during training camp and preseason action, replacing veteran signal caller Sage Rosenfels.

2011 Spent final 2 weeks of regular season on Dolphins’ practice squad, joining Miami on 12/20...Began NFL career with San Francisco, where he spent training camp and preseason...Played in 4th preseason game for 49ers, seeing action at San Diego (9/1)...Following release by 49ers, joined UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions, coached by former Vikings head coach Dennis Green...Began pro football career in spring 2011 with San Jose, playing in all 18 games for the SaberCats...Threw 3 TDs on 20-of-43 passing in Arena action.

COLLEGE Transferred to Sacramento State for his final 3 collegiate seasons after starting his career at UCLA...Started a pair of games in 2008 and 2009 for Sacramento State...Started in Las Vegas Bowl for UCLA against BYU in 2007...Redshirted in 2006

PREP Standout at Balboa High in San Francisco...Named 1st-Team All-City and All-Metro as a senior in 2005...Earned 1st-Team All-City as a junior...Played basketball, baseball and soccer.

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