High school: Kettering (OH) Alter
Height 1.95 m
|Place of birth: Centerville, Ohio|
Roster status: Active
Weight 130 kg
|Date of birth: (1992-11-18) November 18, 1992 (age 24)|
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
College NC State Wolfpack football
Current team New England Patriots (#62 / Guard)
Date joined 2016 (New England Patriots)
Similar Shaquille Mason, Ted Karras, David Andrews, Marcus Cannon, Vincent Valentine
Joseph "Joe" Thuney (TOO-nee; born November 16, 1992) is an American football guard for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State.
Thuney played sparingly at NC State during his freshman year. He came into his redshirt sophomore year as the projected starting center but ended up starting the season opener at right tackle, the second game at right guard and the last 10 games at left tackle. In his junior year he started at left guard and at left tackle his senior year. He became the first member of the NC State Wolfpack to be named an All-American since Jim Ritcher in 1979.
Thuney was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 78th overall selection, 13 picks before the Patriots drafted his teammate, quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Thuney won the starting left guard spot to start the season and remained the starter for all 16 regular-season games; according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, he played the highest number of snaps of any Patriot in 2016. He also started all three postseason games, including the Patriots' historic 34–28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. The PFWA named Thuney to its 2016 All-Rookie Team at guard.