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Derrick Thomas Snubbed For Third-Straight Year By College Football Hall Of Fame

Former Kansas City Chiefs great and NFL Hall of Famer, Derrick Thomas, was denied entry into the College Football Hall of Fame today. It was the third-straight year Thomas has been snubbed.

While playing at Alabama, Thomas set the single-season sack record in 1988. He also holds the record for most career sacks, with 52. Both marks still stand.

Here is a list of players and coaches that made the cut.


  • Ted Brown, North Carolina State running back (1975-78)
  • Tedy Bruschi, Arizona defensive end (1992-95)
  • Ron Dayne, Wisconsin running back (1996-99)
  • Tommie Frazier, Nebraska quarterback (1992-95)
  • Jerry Gray, Texas defensive back (1981-84)
  • Steve Meilinger, Kentucky defensive end (1951-53)
  • Orlando Pace, Ohio State tackle (1994-96)
  • Rod Shoate, Oklahoma linebacker (1972-74)
  • Percy Snow, Michigan State linebacker (1986-89)
  • Vinny Testaverde, Miami quarterback (1985-86)
  • Don Trull, Baylor quarterback (1961-63)
  • Danny Wuerffel, Florida quarterback (1993-96)


  • Wayne Hardin, Navy /Temple
  • Bill McCartney, Colorado

What do you think, Addicts? Should DT already be in the College Football Hall of Fame?

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  • KCPauly

    He was better than Snow & Shoate put together, what a crock of shit!!!!!!Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!

  • ArrowFan

    All things considered he should have been placed in there several years back.

  • Bosco Cletus

    Need to send Gun and Marty down to talk to them or what? Jeez. I never get tired of watching DT highlights, especially against Denver!

  • Troy Utt

    It truely is a travesty that DT has not yet been inducted to the CHOF!!! Then again I also thought Will Shields was a lock to be elected into the NFL HOF with this last ballot??? I believe our boys sometimes get overlooked here in KC! Why is that??? Other than a jersey with my name, DT’s jersey is the only other I have ever owned…


    How do we get this snub changed? Let all of the Addicts in on whom to call or write….with a name, please.

  • [email protected]

    It never fails when a player goes to kc it takes forever to get recognized very sad DT shouldve gotten it years ago…like how some network stations will only show kc gettin beatin up on or some bs like that…with eception of the number one pick they always went to commercial break…GO CHIEF’s Long live the memories of DT

    • KCMikeG

      Sorry but that has been bothering me for a long time. Wouldn’t a larger viewer base be beneficial to the stations? So why not pass on yacking about Teblow again or some other “story” that has been playing like a broken record and give more coverage to all the teams?

      • superman_25_58

        That’s what I’m talking bout MG! It’s sad to see the Browns, Jaguars, Raiders, Titans etc… get more televised attention than the Chiefs do! RI-F’NG-DICULOUS IMO. Hell we sucked so bad last year we get our first #1 pick ever I believe and we still don’t get very much publicity.

        • KCMikeG

          Winning will change it ALL! Someone should keep track of the talking heads/analysts who showed us respect when things got tough and ONLY talk to them when we are lighting it up. Just stone cold the rest of them. Maybe they would think twice before they shoot their mouth off to get attention instead of reporting the game.

  • cd3382

    Straight robbed…

  • Shawn Bell

    Simply put if a record was set and stands well after the player has departed that level of the game it stands to reason that said player should be recognized.

  • Shawn Duce

    How does the man who set the single season AND total career sack records go this long without getting in the college HOF?? KC/DT fan or not, that’s just ridiculous

  • Cruel Intentions

    It is a sad day when Derrick Thomas was snubbed from the College Football Hall of Fame!! Pretty sad considering he was Probably one of the best and hardest hitting Linebackers in College and NFL at that time..

  • Jim Harper

    Who makes up the nominating committee? Perhaps we can be proactive with a write in campaign. Snubbing Thomas borders on criminal and certainly devalues what making the Hall should be.

  • KCMikeG

    This is so ridiculously goofy that it’s no wonder I had never paid any attention to this. Montana & DT don’t belong then who freaking does? My reseach for your consideration:

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  • Colton

    We are the tortured franchise. Lost too many players, Heros, idols…rip

  • Michael R Howard

    Derrick Thomas will always be a legend. Unbelievable these “voters” see otherwise. A great man; a great leader; a true badass. #58 (Chiefs) was always my favorite. Hard to understand holding those records at a school like bama (cough) couldn’t get you in the HOF. (gray? shoate?)

  • oldchiefsfan

    Percy Snow went to the Chiefs and wrecks a MoPed during training camp so it can’t be a Chiefs curse.
    DT was a hell of a good dude. I met him at a bar once and he talked to me like I was a regular person. Some players I have met just give you the why the hell are YOU speaking to ME look. Not DT. He talked to me and invited me to sit down and bought me a beer. We talked for several minutes. He was just a good dude!!! Nobody could ever control a crowd at Arrowhead like DT could either. He’d do the raise his arms thing to pump up the crowd and that stadium would ROAR for him!!!