Thomas finally arrives in College HOF

Originally Published: May 22, 2014
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

It only seemed as if it took Derrick Thomas forever to gain admission into the College Football Hall of Fame. The shadow of the late Alabama linebacker, a member of the school's All-Centennial Team (1892-1992) and the All-SEC team for the 1980s, loomed larger over the Hall with each passing year that he was excluded.

Thomas, the 1988 Butkus Award winner, died in 2000 at the age of 33, only weeks after retiring from an 11-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas suffered ...

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