Ohio University’s Jordan Thompson (88) celebrates with teammate Troy Hill after scoring a touchdown versus Norfolk State on  Sept. 22, 2012. Thompson, a graduate of Parkway High School, signed to play professional football for the Detroit Lions this week. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
Ohio University’s Jordan Thompson (88) celebrates with teammate Troy Hill after scoring a touchdown versus Norfolk State on Sept. 22, 2012. Thompson, a graduate of Parkway High School, signed to play professional football for the Detroit Lions this week. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
DETROIT — Former Parkway standout and Ohio University alum Jordan Thompson has inked a one-year contract to play tight end for the Detroit Lions.
Thompson was invited to a tryout during veteran minicamp this week and became one of three players signed when he agreed to a deal on Thursday evening.
Thompson, who went undrafted after finishing his collegiate career at Ohio in 2012, is one of five tight ends under contract with the Lions for the upcoming season and will face a stiff challenge as he tries to make the roster.
He played in six games as a senior at OU in 2012, recording eight catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, but had 60 catches for 666 yards and six scores in his career as a Bobcat.


Thompson starred as a quarterback and linebacker at Parkway, accounting for better than 5200 yards of offense and over 50 touchdowns in his career.
In 2007, Thompson was the Division V co-Defensive Player of the Year in Ohio. He amassed 476 tackles and 13 sacks in his career as a linebacker for the Panthers.
Upon arriving in Athens to play his college football, the Bobcats moved him to tight end.