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Alabama Football: Derrick Thomas Snubbed Again, Really?

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Jonathan McDanalContributor IIIMay 16, 2012

Derrick Thomas was not voted into the College Football Hall of Fame today. Thomas was legendary at the Capstone and holds the following records (via the Alabama Record Book):

1) Most blocked kicks in a game with two. (Tied with three other players.)

2) Most blocked kicks in a career with five.

3) Most tackles for loss in a game with seven. (Also holds the second spot with six.)

4) Most tackles for loss in a season with 39.

5) Most tackles for loss in a career with 68.

6) Most sacks in a game with five. (Also holds the second spot with four.)

7) Most sacks in a season with 27. (Also holds the second spot with 18.)

8) Most sacks in a career with 52.

9) Most QB hurries in a game with nine. (Also holds the second spot with six.)

10) Most QB hurries in a season with 44.

11) Most forced fumbles in a season with seven.

12) Most forced fumbles in a career with 10. (Tied with two other players.)

Admittedly, the National Football Foundation is not really concerned with how great a player was for his specific team. The NFF is concerned with the player's contribution to the sport on the whole.

The 27-sack single-season record that stands at Alabama also stands for FBS (Division 1-A) football. Thomas was a force on the field, as was another elite 'Bama snub on the 2012 list of nominees (by the name of Bobby Humphrey).

On many other teams, the argument "he set a ton of records" would not mean much, as many teams do not have long histories of championship-level success.

The simple fact that Alabama has produced championship-caliber teams in almost every decade since the 1920's should speak to the kind of player that Thomas was.

Thomas was a beast, and he should be Alabama's 24th player in the College Football Hall of Fame. He should be inducted as soon as possible, not eventually.

Was a linebacker inducted this year? Yes. Who was it? Mark Simoneau, the 67th pick of the 2000 NFL draft. Thomas was selected fourth overall back in 1989, in the draft class that included Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders and Deion Sanders.

Simoneau is a great player and deserves to be inducted, eventually. My point is that Thomas should have been inducted before he was, not after. Thomas left his mark in the SEC and departed back in 1988.

I mean, the college football record of 27 sacks in a season has belonged to Thomas since Simoneau was 11. Seriously, National Football Foundation? I think Tide fans are awaiting a press conference with a formal public apology. (To say nothing of the Thomas family.)

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