Derrick Thomas is now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Thomas, who spent four seasons at Alabama as a member of the Crimson Tide, is getting an honor which is long overdue. One of the greatest players to play for Alabama or the Kansas City Chiefs, Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2009. His son, Derrick Jr. did the honors alongside former general manager Carl Peterson.
While at Tuscaloosa, Thomas put together one of the finest careers in collegiate history. From 1985-88, Thomas set an Alabama record for sacks with 52. During his historic senior season, Thomas earned first-team All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors with an eye-popping 27 sacks. He also took home the Butkus Award for the nation's best linebacker.
Think about that for another minute. Derrick Thomas recorded 27 sacks in one season. Jadeveon who?
After being drafted fourth overall by the Chiefs in the 1989 NFL Draft, Thomas went on to make nine Pro Bowls and set a franchise record for sacks with 126.5. He also forced 22 fumbles, giving John Elway nightmares for life.
Despite his tragic death at the age of 33, Thomas left an enduring legacy on and off the field thanks to tireless charity work. He was named the NFL's Man of the Year in 1993 and one of George Bush Sr.'s 1000 points of light in 1992.
You can find the complete list of 16 inductees here.