Miami Dolphins legend Zach Thomas was finally elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday night.
Thomas had been a finalist the previous three years, but was unable to get over the hump. The 49-year old last played in the NFL in 2008 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, after a long solid run with the Dolphins. Thomas played for Miami from 1996-2007 and to this day, his jersey can be seen around the concourses at Hard Rock Stadium.
Thomas is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, following his enrollment at Texas Tech. Thomas who is also in Texas Tech’s Hall of Fame, had a list of accomplishments in college including two-time SWC Defensive Player of the Year, Unanimous first-team All-American and First-team All-SWC.
While with Miami, Thomas had 20.5 sacks, 1,720 tackles, 17 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and four touchdowns in 184 games played. Thomas is without a doubt one of the best middle linebackers in NFL history and one of Miami’s all-time best defenders.
Thomas will officially join the Hall of Fame in the Enshrinement ceremony on August 5th.