Name: Weegie Thompson
Position: Wide Receiver
- Florida State (Class of 1984)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (1984-1989)
- Drafted in the 4th round [Pick 108] in the 1984 NFL Draft
- Played a total of 92 games in his NFL career (all six seasons with the Steelers)
- 11 career touchdowns, including 5 in 1986
- Most notably remembered for his tall, 6’6” frame and for having one of the sweetest names in sports
Weegie started his career as a quarterback at Florida State but switched to wide receiver.
How many of you Florida State fans remember the 1983 Chick-fil-A Bowl against North Carolina? It was Florida State quarterback Eric Thomas’ first collegiate start, but FSU jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on two touchdown passes from Thomas to Weegie Thompson and never looked back. (Florida State 28, North Carolina 3)
His real name?: Willis Hope Thompson. He got the name ‘Weegie’ from a younger brother who couldn’t pronounce ‘Willis’…..and who can blame him? Weegie is way more fun to say. In fact, the name ranks as one of the greatest in Steeler history.
This blog writer uses the moniker “Weegie Thompson”. Crazy awesome.
Don’t worry if you can’t remember exactly who this Weegie guy was because he was often overshadowed during his career with the Steelers, playing alongside of Hall of Famer John Stallworth until 1987 and Louis Lipps, the Steelers’ No. 1 pick, in 1984.
Playing as the 3rd receiver in the Steelers’ “run-first, pass-only-when-we-have-to offense,” Weegie hauled in 79 balls for 1,377 yards in 11 TD’s in his career. His best game may have come against Green Bay in 1986. In that game, Weegie returned to Chick-Fil-A Bowl form and caught 6 passes for 78 yards and 3 touchdowns. In all the other games combined that season, he caught just 11 passes for 113 yards and 2 scores. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
For Thompson’s detailed career statistics see the NFL Database.
iGoSteelers.com gives a scouting report on Weegie:
“A 6’6″ giant on the outside. He stretched a mere 215 pounds over his enormous frame, giving him the appearance of a beanpole. His long arms and legs gave him tremendous leverage when blocking, making him a key component of Pittsburgh’s running game. Of course, he was also an unmistakable target in the passing attack, possessing good hands and a decided height advantage over opposing defensive backs.”
Here’s an interesting game on the Steelers-Fever Forum in order to find the fans’ favorite Steeler of All-Time. I will go ahead and ruin the outcome for you: Weegie doesn’t win. Ok, understandable. But at least he was a candidate.
Just a couple months ago, Weegie was mentioned in a March 11, 2008 Hockey column by John Buccigross! Referring to an article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shawn Selders from Toledo, Ohio asked if there was any possibility Sidney Crosby could be traded. Here’s what Buccigross had to say:
“As far as trading Crosby, the Post-Gazette would have served its readers more aptly with a 10-part series on the career of former Steelers wideout Weegie Thompson. If I ever did make a trade, I wouldn’t fall into these 37-for-1 trades you see involving big-name players.”
3 observations here:
1. I guarantee you Shawn from Toledo, Ohio has no clue who Weegie Thompson is…
2. Sidney Crosby and Weegie Thompson in the same sentence… can you say AWESOME!
3. That 10-part series on Weegie Thompson? I’m down to write it. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, have your people call my people.
What is Weegie doing now? He lives in Midlothian, Virginia (his hometown) with his wife and 3 children, and works as a salesman for Waste Management, the Post-Gazette notes.
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