Columbus (June 12, 2008) ---  Former Delaware State University All-American Leroy Thompson has announced his retirement after 13 years in the Arena Football League (AFL) effective at the end of the 2008 season. Thompson, a fullback and linebacker for three different AFL teams, is one of only six players with more than 1,000 career rushing yards in the more than 21-year history of the league.

 

“I’m very grateful to have won an AFL championship and competed in two ArenaBowls,” said Thompson, a member of the 1999 ArenaBowl XIII champion Albany Firebirds and 2007 National Conference champion Columbus Destroyers.

 

He added, “I’ve been very fortunate to have made some great friends through the AFL, and would like to thank all of the fans who have supported the league over the years.”

 

Thompson, a native of Williamstown, N.J., was a defensive end for the Hornets from 1990 to ’92. He was a 1992 Kodak All-America and All-MEAC First Team selection. That year, he set Delaware State records with 16 sacks in a season and five in a game.

 

Thompson ranks third on the DSU list with 30 career sacks and is also credited with 167 total tackles.  

 

In 1991, he helped lead the Hornets to a 9-2 overall record and a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a 5-1 mark in the league.

 

Thompson played his first nine AFL seasons with the Firebirds (1996-2004), one with the New Orleans VooDoo (2005) and his final three with the Destroyers (2006-08).

 

In 2002, he was named the AFL’s “Built Ford Tough” Man-of-the-Year.

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