Last year, after a long and really inexplicable wait, legendary Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. This year is appears that the votes have righted another wrong as ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that legendary Alabama Crimson Tide and NFL linebacker Derrick Thomas will be posthumously inducted this year.
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 21, 2014
Thomas played three years for the Crimson Tide from 1986 to 1988. In that ’88 season, Thomas set an NCAA record with an amazing 27 sacks on the year and he left college at the time with the leading number in sacks at 52. Also following his final season in Tuscaloosa, Thomas was selected as a unanimous All-American.
Then, as virtually every football fan knows, Thomas would go on to be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989 and become one of the most ferocious forces that the league has ever seen.
From 1989-99, Thomas terrorized the NFL with the Chiefs, amassing 642 total tackles and 126.5 sacks.
Unfortunately, in January of 2000, Thomas was killed in a car accident, stunning not just only his fans, but all football fans around the globe as one of the greatest defensive players of all time was take from us too soon.
This was Thomas’ fourth time in the ballot, and this time it seems that the voters had their heads on straight.