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Former Alabama LB Derrick Thomas Snubbed by the College Football Hall of Fame

Former Alabama LB Derrick Thomas
Former Alabama LB Derrick ThomasAllen Steele/Getty Images
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 7, 2013

Former SEC stars Danny Wuerffel and Kentucky defensive end Steve Meilinger will represent the SEC in the 2013 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, but one former SEC star was snubbed yet again.

Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas.

The former Crimson Tide star was left on the outside looking in yet again for the third straight year, and the reasons why still boggle the mind.

As a member of Tide, Thomas set the NCAA record with 52 career sacks from 1985-88, 27 of which came during his senior season.

Think about that for just one second...he had 27 sacks in one season. That's 14 more than South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney had last season.

He was named a unanimous first-team All-American in 1988, won the Butkus Award which is given annually to the nation's top linebacker and was named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season. According to AL.com, he was named to the SEC's All-Decade team of the 1980s.

He was one of the most dominant linebackers in SEC history, and deserves to be enshrined as such. Ryan Brown of WJOX 94.5 in Birmingham takes it a step further.

I could make the argument that Derrick Thomas is a Top 10 SEC player of all time. Still not in the college hall of fame.

— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) May 7, 2013

If you watched him play and have seen his stats, it'd be hard to make an argument against it.

ESPN's Ivan Maisel reported last year that the Hall of Fame has a rule against inducting players from the same school in consecutive seasons, although that rule doesn't appear on the nominee list.

That's not applicable here. Alabama did not have a player inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Even still, why have players on the ballot who aren't eligible to be inducted? Whether it's a policy or a set-in-stone rule, it doesn't make any sense.

Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier finally made it in the Hall of Fame in the class of 2013 after years of public backlash. It appears that Thomas is the "new Tommie Frazier," and hopefully that means his family hears his name called in the not-too-distant future.

After all, he deserves it.

 

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