The late, great Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas has finally been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN is reporting.

Brent McMurphy tweeted: “Former Alabama LB Derrick Thomas inducted into College Football Hall of Fame, sources told ESPN“.

The news isn’t great just for Thomas’ family, but it’s also great for Alabama football and the SEC in general.

Thomas – who died in 2000 in a car crash – was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2009.

In college, Thomas’ legacy is incredible. He set the NCAA career sack record with 52 sacks, which still stands today. He got the Butkus Award in 1988, as well as being voted an All-American. In that year he had the record for sacks in a single season with 27, and led Alabama to four straight bowl games. He also had 68 tackles for loss – also a Crimson Tide record.

Thomas was snubbed three times for the College Football Hall of Fame before finally getting his legacy sealed.

BOTTOM LINE: There will be tears in Tuscaloosa. 

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