New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Former Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas will finally be inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame.
He headlines the 2014 class, which will include 14 players and two coaches.
Many felt that because of the dominant presence he provided at Alabama from 1985-88, Thomas should have been inducted much earlier.
Thomas was considered by many as one of the best pass rushers in college football history.
He was a unanimous All-American, SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year, Butkus Award winner in 1988 after setting an NCAA record that still stands when he registered 27 sacks.
Thomas holds the school records for tackles for a loss in a game (7, vs. Texas A&M in 1988), season (39 in 1988) and career (68). He also holds the school record for blocked kicks in a career with five (four punts, one field-goal attempt).
He also set Crimson Tide career records for sacks (52).
Thomas was selected fourth overall in the 1989 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and was named to nine Pro Bowls.
He died at the age of 33 in 2000 following an automobile accident that left him paralyzed. In 2009, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The National Football Foundation’s announcement of the entire 16-man Hall of Fame class will be at 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday from Irving, Texas.
They will be inducted at the 57th National Football Foundation annual awards dinner Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.