Late Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, highlighting a class of 14 players that also includes LaDainian Tomlinson, Sterling Sharpe and Tony Boselli. Thomas was one of the Hall of Fame's most obvious omissions and Alabama fans had been growing increasingly annoyed by the wait in recent years. He played for the Tide from 1985-88, and won the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker as a senior when he had 27 sacks.
He finished his career with 52 sacks, a school record. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and made nine Pro Bowls. Thomas died in 2000 after an automobile accident left him paralyzed.
He was 33. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.