Sam Thorne was an old classmate of Reed Richards and Victor von Doom --later Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four and the Latverian dictator Doctor Doom -- during their years at State University.
After graduating, Thorne ended up becoming coach for the Metro College football team, he also married a woman named Belle  and earned himself quite a reputation, often being compared to Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne. 
During the modern age of heroes, Sam coached over a team that included Whitey Mullins. He later discovered Wyatt Wingfoot who was friends with the Fantastic Four's Human Torch, while the youthful super-hero attended Metro. Thorne tried to convince Wingfoot to play for the team.  While he failed at coaxing the Native American student from joining the team, his wife Belle managed to convince Wyatt to join up.  Shortly there after Throne was a witness as one of his football games was interrupted by the arrival of Crystal and her pet Lockjaw while she was searching for her boyfriend, the Human Torch. 
Years later he was on hand when Wyatt eventually graduated. This was during a period of in which the Fantastic Four's Mister Fantastic and his wife the Invisible Girl were separate and he offered his condolences. Both Sam and Reed were later invited to a class reunion together.  This proved to be a petty trap set by Doctor Doom seeking to get revenge against both Richards and Thorne for his grievances against them dating back to their university years.  Both were rescued by the remaining members of the Fantastic Four. 
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