At long last, Derrick Thomas will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, according to a report by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker was snubbed on previous attempts, and will be inducted along with 13 other players and two coaches. Thomas will be the 24th former Alabama player or coach in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Thomas, who played for the Tide from 1985-88 set an NCAA single-season record for sacks at Alabama with 52, and tackles for a loss with 68. He won the 1988 Butkus Award, and his 27 sacks as a senior earned him unanimous first-team All-American and the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Kansas City Chiefs took Thomas with the fourth overall selection in the 1989 NFL Draft. During his NFL career he was named to nine Pro Bowls.
Thomas was involved in an automobile accident in 2000 which left him paralyzed. He later died as a result of a blood clot related to the injuries. He was 33.
In 2009, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2013, Thomas was voted by the readers of BamaHammer as the greatest Alabama football player of all time.
The entire Hall of Fame class will be announced at 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday from Irving, Texas. The class will be inducted at the National Football Foundation annual awards dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.