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10. 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
  • Games Played: 184
  • Notable Statistics: 17 Interceptions
    170 Interception Return Yards
    4 Interception Return Touchdowns
    16 Forced Fumbles
    8 Fumble Recoveries
    29 Fumble Recovery Yards
    20.5 Quarterback Sacks
    1,734 Combined Tackles
    1,107 Solo Tackles
    627 Assisted Tackles
    74 Tackles for Loss*
    5 Quarterback Hits**
    2 Kick Returns
    32 Kick Return Yards
    148 Approximate Value

    8 Playoff Games
    1 Fumble Revoery
    1.0 Quarterback Sack
    85 Combined Tackles
    61 Solo Tackles
    24 Assisted Tackles
    3 Tackles for Loss*


    *Tackles for Loss became an official statistic in 1999.
    **Quarterback Hits became an official statistic in 2006.
  • 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
    69. Approximate Value: 148
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: 2020, 2021 & 2022

Should Zach Thomas be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 90.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.9%
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