Backup quarterbacks can be anonymous until they get an extended chance at playing time. That hasn't happened in Buffalo for Tyler Thigpen yet, but he's probably used to it.
Start with the fact that he was born in Winnsboro, S.C., a town of about 3,500. He was an all-state selection in high school football as a running back.
Rather than go to a school with something of a history, Thigpen landed at Coastal Carolina University. He's remembered there as the first quarterback in Chanticleers history, as well as the best quarterback the school ever had. In four years he threw for 6,598 yards and 53 touchdowns. Thigpen was the Big South Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2006.
Thigpen was drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round, thus becoming the first Big South player to be selected by the NFL. When he was cut, the Chiefs stepped in and claimed Thigpen on waivers. Thigpen started 11 games for the Chiefs in 2008, completing 54.8 percent of his passes and throwing 18 touchdowns. Chan Gailey was the offensive coordinator then.
Thigpen lost his starting job when Matt Cassel was acquired by the Chiefs from New England in 2009, and Thigpen was traded to the Dolphins that year. He saw backup duty with Miami for almost two years. Then as a free agent, he jumped to the Bills in July 2011.
Thigpen only threw eight passes as a Bill in 2011. We'll see what sort of role he plays in the future.
-- Budd Bailey
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