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One of San Diego’s most interesting stories in 1998, Thelwell went from rookie free agent to practice squad to starting lineup for final two games in first season with Chargers. Originally drafted by San Francisco in seventh round of 1998 draft, Chargers scooped up Thelwell after he was released on final roster cut by 49ers. First came to attention of San Diego’s scouts and coaches during preseason practices with 49ers in Stockton, California. Finished season with 16 catches for 268 yards (16.8 avg.), long of 55 yards and one touchdown as rookie. Impressed Chargers enough through hard work in practice to be signed to active roster midway through season. Went on to start three of final six games, including last two contests in 1998. At 6-2, 188 pounds, Thelwell gives Chargers tall, fast receiver with big-play ability.
Saw action in six games with three starts as rookie with Chargers. Finished season with 16 catches for 268 yards (16.8 avg.), with long of 55 yards and one touchdown.
Finished career ranked second in Golden Gopher history with 136 receptions and 2,232 receiving yards...Scored 14 touchdowns...Caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games.. Did not play his senior year due to academic suspension...As a junior, started all 11 games...Established school record with 1,051 receiving yards...Shared Bronco Nagurski award as team co-MVP...Second team All-Big Ten media selection...Honorable mention all-conference by Big Ten coaches...Ranked third in conference and 18th nationally, averaging 95.6 receiving yards per game...Set single-game record of 228 yards receiving, including 57-yard touchdown, against Ball State...Posted six games with more than 100 yards receiving.
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