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Report: Alabama legend Derrick Thomas finally a College Football Hall of Famer

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The College Football Hall of Fame induction class for 2014 will be revealed, officially, Thursday, but word is out on one player that will finally be immortalized among the greats. Alabama’s Derrick Thomas will see his long overdue call to the hall be answered.

Brett McMurphy of was first with the report (via Twitter).

Although a successful career in the NFL is not necessarily a component for the College Football Hall of Fame, Thomas sure packs a loaded list of career achievements. Thomas was a nine-time Pro Bowl player, a member of the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner in 1993. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and owns six franchise records for the Chiefs.

Thomas obviously had a decorated professional career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, but his accolades in college went un-honored in this capacity for far too long according to most. As a part of one of Alabama’s best defensive units in the mid to late 1980s, Thomas owns school records for most sacks in a single season with 27 in 1988 and in a career with 52.

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13 Responses to “Report: Alabama legend Derrick Thomas finally a College Football Hall of Famer”
  1. ottawabrave91 says: May 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    derrick Brooks? what

  2. dhardy8207 says: May 21, 2014 12:54 PM

    About time!! Guess better late than never! He was an awesome player college and pro!

  3. rolltide510 says: May 21, 2014 12:56 PM

    Everybody read that last sentence again: Derrick Thomas had 27 SACKS IN A SEASON, 12 games.

  4. realtalksportsatl says: May 21, 2014 1:12 PM

    Reblogged this on REAL TALK SPORTS and commented:
    Great news for the family of great player and good man who so tragically, so young

  5. irishdodger says: May 21, 2014 1:55 PM

    He was especially impressive when you realize how average those Bama teams were.

  6. bamajs says: May 21, 2014 2:25 PM

    That would be Derrick THOMAS, not Derrick Brooks….oops in the headline!

  7. dcroz says: May 21, 2014 3:10 PM

    Finally, one of the most blatant omissions in the CFBHOF has been righted. Congrats, Biscuit!

  8. asimonetti88 says: May 21, 2014 3:14 PM

    very talented player in both the NCAA and NFL

  9. rolltide510 says: May 21, 2014 3:44 PM


    DT not being in the CFHOF (even years after being in Canton) was pretty odd, but I don’t see any reason to congratulate Cornelius Bennett over it.

  10. dcroz says: May 21, 2014 4:12 PM

    Oh, right, I forgot that was CB’s nickname and not DT’s. Hey, give me a break, I’m still upset we only got two weeks of spring down here and that it stormed when it did! :)

  11. stoicpaisano says: May 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    Great news for the family of great player and good man who so tragically, so young

    What, the half-dozen families he may/may not have supported after fathering children all over the country?

    Also, hard to call it a tragedy when the dude was driving 100 mph in a snowstorm without a seatbelt.

    DT was great on the football field, but Darwin got him other than that.

  12. Romulus says: May 22, 2014 9:36 AM

    About time. My favorite pro for years!
    War eagle!

  13. Deb says: May 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    stoicpaisano …

    The guy made mistakes in his personal life, but his kids adored him, so he must have done something right. Failing to wear his seatbelt didn’t hurt anyone but himself–as well as all those who loved him and benefited from the many charitable works he did in his life. I still miss him and tear up on occasions such as this. His smile was infectious, and making others smile is a nice quality to share with the world.

    I always envy the people on these blogs who’ve lived so perfectly that they feel free to use these opportunities to damn everyone else’s failings. Glad you weren’t with Christ when he asked those without sin to cast the first stone. He had no takers. But if you’d been there, the adulterous woman would have died and the lesson would have been lost. Clearly it’s been lost for many anyway.

    A great honor to a deserving player. RIP Derrick.

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