For Alabama fans, one of the great travesties is that former Crimson Tide linebacker Derrick Thomas is not in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Despite a stellar career at Alabama, Thomas has been on the ballot three previous times without being inducted. A unanimous first-team All-American in 1988, Thomas is a Butkus Award winner and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He set the NCAA career sack record with 52.
Thomas made a spectacular transition to the NFL, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and being inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Thomas died in a car accident in 2000.
Last year, Thomas was the winner of our summer-long tournament to crown the greatest Alabama football player of all time.
This year, Thomas is one of three former Crimson Tide players on the ballot. The others are center/linebacker Paul Crane, and superstar running back Bobby Humphrey.
In our last Friday poll, you overwhelmingly said its time for Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant to go. Now we’re asking you about this former Tide legend.
Is this finally the year Thomas takes his rightful place among the legendary names in the College Football Hall of Fame, or will Tide fans have to deal with this glaring omission for another year? Of course he should, but will he actually get in this year?
Will Derrick Thomas make the College Football Hall of Fame this year?
- No (8%, 8 Votes)
- Yes (92%, 92 Votes)
Total Voters: 100