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 ESPN.com was first with the report (via Twitter).
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 21, 2014
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.