For the 3rd straight year former Alabama All-America LB, the late Derrick Thomas has been passed over for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The omission boggles the mind.
There was hardly ever a college football LB who played the game with more intensity and ferocity than Derrick Thomas. In 1988 he recorded 27 QB sacks; a record that stands today. He finished with a record 52 career sacks a record tied by Tedy Bruschi; who himself will be inducted this year.
He was the 1988 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Butkus Award winner and finished 10th in the Heisman balloting.
He was raised by his mother after his father was shot down over Vietnam flying a mission for our country. But Derrick Thomas was not without flaws, he fathered seven children by five different women.
The National Football Foundation does have a "citizenship clause." Is this the reason he's been ignored? If so, may I point out, O.J. Simpson is in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Five years ago the Hall president Steve Hatchell was asked if OJ's troubles would lead to his removal. Hatchell said Simpson was put in for what he did as a football player at Southern Cal.
If it's just about football, there is no logical explanation why the late Derrick Thomas has not already been inducted. And if it isn't just about football; it should be.