Derrick Thomas to Headline 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class
The College Football Hall of Fame will announce the class of 2014 on Thursday, but news broke Wednesday morning that Derrick Thomas has finally received the vote needed.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy was first to share the news on Twitter.
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 21, 2014
This latest round of voting marked the fourth time that Thomas will be on the ballot, which is unfathomable when you consider his resume. As a senior at Alabama, the Miami native registered an NCAA record 27 total sacks that still hasn’t been surpassed. In a single game against Texas A&M, Thomas got to the quarterback five times, which is another record.
Recognition for his career continued well beyond college. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted the Kansas City Chiefs’ star in 2009 and he has since been named to the All-SEC Team of the Decade for the 1980s. It seems the only accolade he hasn’t received is inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame, but he’ll receive that honor later this year.
Thomas marks the first representative from The University of Alabama in three years as he becomes just the 19th Crimson Tide player to be inducted.