This feature appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun.
Headline: A humble leader
Nov. 10, 2004
By Ed Odeven
Many football players would brag about making a game-high 17 tackles. That’s just not Jeremy Thornburg’s style.
A soft-spoken, hard-hitting strong safety, Thornburg is driven to play what he calls “the perfect football game.” His 17-tackle outing against the Montana Grizzlies last Saturday wasn’t perfect.
Here’s the Northern Arizona senior’s explanation:
“I had 22 chances to make tackles, and I missed five.”
The personal assessment continues.
“After the Montana game, people came up to me like, ‘Great job, 17 tackles.’ But I was disappointed because I missed five tackles, you know,” he added. “That was my season high in tackles and missed tackles.”
In a season of ups and downs, Thornburg has been the steady anchor for the Lumberjack secondary. He leads the team with 76 tackles (37 solo stops), has broken…
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