Thibodeaux (pronounced "TIB-ah-DOE"), originally was a fifth-round selection of the Washington Redskins in the 1997 NFL draft, the 140th player chosen. Despite playing behind veterans Darrell Green and Chris Dishman in the Washington secondary as a rookie, Thibodeaux, 27, played in 15 games and finished the season with 14 total tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 forced fumble . He also posted 4 tackles on special teams.
Waived by the Redskins Aug. 25, 1998, he was out of football during the '98 season, subsequently signing with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent on Feb. 5, 1999. Waived Nov. 2, 1999, after playing in 8 games for Atlanta, he signed with Minnesota on Nov. 4, 1999, and played in three games for the Vikings before being placed on injured reserve Dec. 23 with a shoulder injury. With Atlanta, he posted 4 tackles as a defensive back and one solo stop on special teams, later registering 3 special teams tackles after signing with the Vikings Nov. 4.
Thibodeaux remained on Minnesota's roster through the 2000 season. Terminated March 2, 2001, he later re-signed as a free agent July 27, 2001, and was with the Vikings through the first five weeks of the regular season before being waived Oct. 15.