Miami Dolphins: Marcus Thigpen and the 72-Yard Jump from the CFL to the NFL

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 11, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 29:   Marcus Thigpen #34 of the Miami Dolphins at Cowboys Stadium on August 29, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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To put it bluntly, the Miami Dolphins started the 2012 season relatively poorly.

The 30-10 rout at the hands of the Houston Texans was hard for any loyal fan to watch. The defense had many holes in it. Ryan Tannehill had a hard time getting the offense moving. Reggie Bush did not see 20 carries. Daniel Thomas left with a head injury.

And into the third quarter, it looked as if Miami was going to have a relatively difficult time breaking the pylon and scoring a touchdown. But then there was Marcus Thigpen and his impressive 72-yard punt return touchdown.

For Dolphins fans, the last name Thigpen brings back some relatively bad memories of another Miami quarterback that failed to lead the way in a Dolphins uniform.

Marcus Thigpen has bounced around in the NFL. A former running back at Indiana University, he went undrafted in the 2009 NFL draft.

From there, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles but failed to make the roster. The Denver Broncos gave him a shot that same year, but he was cut before the start of the season.

With brief stints in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Thigpen finally shined on the professional level. As a Tiger-Cat, he became the first player in CFL history to score a touchdown on a kickoff return, a punt return, a running play, a reception and even a missed field goal return all in the same season.

Included on the Dolphins' 53-man roster as a special teams addition, Thigpen shined in Week 1, scoring Miami’s only touchdown in a lackluster debut for the squad out of South Beach.

Hopefully, Thigpen can continue to lead the way with his returns, while Miami looks to improve their offensive scheme.