Class of 2022
Nicknamed Tricky, Thornton played 12 seasons for Winnipeg and Toronto. He was one of the last true two-way players, showcasing his skill at both defensive back and quarterback. He scored 18 touchdowns in four different ways (rushing, receiving, interception return and fumble return), while passing for five more.
Thornton played in three Grey Cups, winning once in 1962 with the Blue Bombers. Defensively, he recorded 43 interceptions – including two three-interception games – and returned eight for touchdowns. He is a five-time CFL Division All-Star.