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21. Zach Thomas

To say that Zach Thomas was the Miami Dolphins' defense for over a decade almost seems like an understatement.  Thomas was only drafted in the 5th Round in 1996, but the Linebacker from Texas Tech would become one of the elite Linebackers in the AFC.  From 1998 to 2006, he would be chosen for five First Team All-Pro Selections and seven Pro Bowls, and in this time period, he proved himself to be a ferocious tackling machine.  Thomas finished first in the NFL in Combined Tackles (2002 & 2006), and as of this writing, he is fifth all-time with 1,727.  Thomas also accumulated 1,100 Solo Tackles over his career.  

Some Dolphins fans consider this to be the biggest Hall of Fame snub in organizational history.  Considering the number of spectacular players who played in South Florida for the Dolphins, this is an awe-inspiring statement.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Pampa, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2014
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Played For: Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins
  • College: Texas Tech
  • Drafted: 5th Round, 154th Overall in 1996
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    First Team All-Pro (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003 & 2006)
    Second Team All-Pro (2001 & 2005)
    Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 & 2006)
    All-Rookie (1996)
    Most Combined Tackles (2002 & 2006)
    Super Bowl Champion (None)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (1998 & 2003)
    Top Ten Finishes: Solo Tackles (5) (1996, 2001, 2002, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Combined Tackles (10) (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Tackles for Loss (1) (2005)
    Top Ten Finishes: Forced Fumbles (1) (2005)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 5.   Combined Tackles: 1,727
    5.   Solo Tackles: 1,107
    87. Approximate Value: 148
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: 2020

Should Zach Thomas be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 86.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.4%
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