Derrick Thomas Misses The Hall

I'm sure everyone has heard by now, but late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas didn't make the Hall Of Fame in his second year of eligibility.

On Saturday afternoon the NFL made it official by announcing their 2006 Hall of Fame class. Leading the way Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, Reggie White, Warren Moon, Harry Carson, John Madden and Rayfield Wright.

Those missing out include former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, Michael Irvin and of course Derrick Thomas.

Of course Chiefs fans all believe that Thomas will eventually make the cut one day. But he'll have to wait at least one more year to take rightful place in the NFL Hall of Fame.

No one sacked the quarterback more in the 1990's than Thomas (116.5), and eventually finished with 126.5 sacks, good enough for fourth on the all time list. He was selected to the Pro Bowl nine straight times, and was All-AFC seven times.

Apparently the belief that Thomas was a one dimensional player is probably what's keeping him from the Hall. I've heard that all Thomas did was rush the passer, and as a linebacker, that's not good enough, no matter how much he dominated.

That's an exceptionally unfair argument considering that Thomas, like other football player was part of an overall defensive scheme, designed to maximize the talents of every player one the field. Bottom line is, when Derrick Thomas was in the league, he was the best sacker in the football, and that was for an entire decade, regardless of position.

Thomas terrorized opposing quarterbacks during his 11 year career, and was one of those elite players that opposing teams had to account for at all times.

Thomas put the fear of God in opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators for ELEVEN seasons. We know he should be in the Hall, and eventually the voters will, too.

Let's hope it won't take too long.

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