Inductee Details

Mark Thorson

Graduation Year: 1979
Induction Class of 2007
Sports: Football
Mark Thorson

Thorson earned letters in football (1977-78) for the Braves.

He came to the Braves in the fall of 1976 but sat out the season due to a medical redshirt. Thorson helped OU to a record of 12-7 under head coaches Don McLeary and John Salavantis. He was a 1978 Second Team NAIA All-American selection and was a two-time selection to the District 10 Team. Thorson twice was named First Team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) as a defensive back.

Thorson put his named in the OU record book in his two seasons as a Brave. He is ranked sixth in the longest punt return in a single game and fourth in longest punt return for a touchdown (60 yards vs. William Jewell in 1978), he is tied for second for interceptions in a single game (3 vs. Tarkio in 1977), and eighth in longest interception return in a single game (58 yards vs. Graceland in 1978). Thorson was drafted in 1979 by the Green Bay Packers in the 11th round, no. 290 overall. After graduating from Ottawa University he was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.