The National Football Foundation announced on Thursday, that former Chiefs linebacker, Derrick Thomas will be inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame.
During his time at Alabama, from 1985-88, Thomas was considered by many as one of the most dominant pass rushers in college football history. A unanimous All-American and Dick Butkus Award winner, Thomas set the school record for most sacks in a single season (27) and in a career (52), along with tackles for a loss (68) and blocked kicks in a career (5).
The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Thomas in the first round, fourth overall, in the 1989 NFL Draft. While a part of the Chiefs organization, Thomas totaled 126.5 sacks, which is the Chiefs all-time record. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl player, recognized as the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner in 1993 and holds the NFL record at seven sacks in a single-game.
“Derrick Thomas changed the way the game is played and how other players at his position are now measured,” HOF RB Marcus Allen said. “To me, there is a rare group of players who possess both the will and the innate ability to change the course of a game on every defensive snap, their names are Deacon Jones, Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White and Derrick Thomas.”
Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and remains a legend in the Chiefs Kingdom. He actively served in the community and through his foundation, Third and Long. Chiefs fans still proudly wear #58 and will always remember Derrick Thomas.