More CFB Hall of Fame: 2014 ballot includes 75 players
One of the most inexplicable exclusions from the College Football Hall of Fame has reportedly come to its overdue end.
ESPN reported Wednesday that late former Alabama outside linebacker Derrick Thomas will be part of the Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class when it is announced Thursday. Already a member of the NFL Hall of Fame after his brilliant career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Thomas will be one of 16 men -- 14 players and two coaches -- inducted at the Hall of Fame ceremony in New York this December.
With Tommie Frazier elected in 2013, Thomas's failure to gain election on previous College Football Hall of Fame ballots has made him arguably the most high-profile snub of the process over the past few years.
The 1988 Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American, Thomas still holds the FBS record with 27 sacks during his senior season. He also still holds the Alabama career records for sacks with 52, and tackles-for-loss with 68. His entry will give the Crimson Tide 24 different representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Thomas died in 2000 from complications following a car accident that left him paralyzed. He was 33.