Payton Thorne Biography

Payton Thorne is an American football player who currently plays for the Auburn Tigers in the NCAA. Previously he played at Michigan State University Athletics as a quarterback. He belongs to a family with a football background and has maintained his great performance and skill in his own career as well.

Early Life

Payton was born on June 26th, 2001 in Naperville, Illinois, USA. He was born in a white Christian family and belongs to a family of athletic background. His grandfather was a high school football coach and also coached at the D3 North Central College while his maternal grandfather was also a football player for Wisconsin. His father Jeff Thorne was offensive coordinator at North Central College and later became assistant head coach in 2010 and was also a quarterback player in his time as well.

Joana Thorne is his mother’s name and completed his high school education at Naperville Central High School where he was also part of the school football team. He studied till his sophomore year at Metea Valley High School and later transferred to Naperville Central. He graduated in the year 2019 and went on to join the University of Michigan where he is currently pursuing his degree in communication major.

Payton Thorne Career

Payton started his career early on in his life and in high school, he was also part of the school football team. He started playing for the Metea Valley High School team and played his freshman and sophomore seasons where he managed to build a great record. Payton transferred after sophomore year to Naperville Central and coached under Mike Stine.

He completed 5367 passing years and 65 touchdowns in the two years with the team and won several titles. By the end of his high school career, he was named a top-ranked prospect in Illinois, the best pocket passer in the nation, and the best overall player in Illinois by 247sports and ESPN. He was also ranked as the no 16th dual quarterback in the nation.

He was also selected as first-team All-IHSFCA class 8 and as All-USA Illinois First team by USA Today in 2018. After high school, he joined the Michigan State Spartans team at the University of Michigan and started playing as a quarterback. He was redshirted in his freshman year and also played his best in the season against Indiana for which he was also named Scout Team Player of the Week.

Payton started playing as the quarterback for the team in 2020-21 seasons after the team’s quarterback Anthony Russo transferred to another college and played 4 games with great performance. He is now set to play as the team’s quarterback for the upcoming seasons after being redshirted in previous years. He will be the third generation quarterback in football after his grandfather and father.

Payton Thorne Biography

Real Name Payton Thorne
Birth Date June 26, 2001
Age (as of 2023) 22 Years
Birth Place Naperville, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession Football Running Back Player
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Not Known

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimeters – 187 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 95 kg  –  in Pounds –  210 lbs
Shoe Size 12 (U.S.)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Athletic


Father Jeff Thorne
Mother Joanna Thorne


School Naperville Central
College North Central College

Relationship Status

Marital Status In a relationship
Affair No
Who is his girlfriend? Emma Thompson

Personal Life

Payton is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend Emma Thompson. He has recently shared a picture with Emma and confirmed their relationship. Payton has been active on Twitter since 2016 and currently has 8k followers. He is also active on Instagram where he currently has around 29k followers. 

Payton Thorne Net Worth

Payton is currently a college athlete and thus, he does not have any regular means of income. He earns through his matches and prizes from winning championships. His family’s net worth as of 2023 is estimated to be around $500K.


  • His jersey number is 10.
  • He was offered to join the Western Michigan Broncos after high school to which he committed at first but later de-committed to join Michigan State Spartans after he was offered by the team and was also named the leader.
  • He was a high school teammate with Jayden Reed.
  • He also actively played baseball and basketball till high school.
  • Payton was named Illinois offensive player of the year by USA Today in 2018.
  • He became the Chicago Sun-times Player of the Year and Naperville Sun Player of the Year in 2018.
  • Thorne won the DuPage Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year Award in 2018.

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