Jan 2, 1988; Tampa, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Derrick Thomas (55) in action against the Michigan Wolverines in the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl at Tampa Stadium. Michigan defeated Alabama 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Photo By US PRESSWIRE
SB Nation's college football hub is running their very own Hall of Fame and one of the candidates is someone we admire around here. Derrick Thomas, one of the greatest Kansas City Chiefs players ever, is on the ballot for the defensive lineman spot.
That means we have a poll to fix. Head here to vote for DT. I'd like to hear the word "landslide" used in describing the results of this vote.
Coming out of Alabama, DT was as dominant at the college level as he was at the NFL level. Here's what our Alabama blog, Roll Bama Roll, wrote about him a few years back:
Thomas was a consensus All-America and Dick Butkus Award winner finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1988. He was selected fourth in the 1989 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, the first defensive player selected. As a pro he was one of the most dominating defensive players of the 90s and was named to nine Pro Bowls although the honor was not his key motivation on the field.
"I don't ever want it to be a question whether I'm a Pro Bowl-caliber player," he said after a game in 1997. "I believe I'm the best at what I do, and it's my responsibility to play like I'm capable of playing and help this defense as much as possible."
Awesome quote. Head over there to vote!