Zach Thomas is one of the most decorated NFL defenders of the early 2000s.
The former Miami Dolphins linebacker was a seven-time All-Pro and made the same number of Pro Bowls.
That explains why he continues to be up for Hall of Fame enshrinement on an annual basis.
Unfortunately for him, he missed out once again.
Some fans may be confused and even call it a snub.
Thomas decided to release a statement through the Dolphins that simply expressed gratitude.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) February 11, 2022
“It was an honor to once again be among the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I want to congratulate this year’s class. They were all great players and are each deserving of their gold jacket. I also want to thank the Miami Dolphins fans who continue to be so supportive. You guys are the best!”
Thomas may not have gotten in, but support for his enshrinement remains strong.
Thomas Should Get In Eventually
The Hall of Fame is supposed to honor the best of the best.
Well, for nearly a decade, Thomas was one of the best linebackers in all of football.
The list of every NFL player with 5 First-Team All-Pro selections and 1,500 career tackles:
• Ray Lewis*
• Junior Seau*
• Derrick Brooks*
• Zach Thomas
*Hall of Famerpic.twitter.com/61jYpb02m9
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 11, 2022
Five first-team All-Pro selections means he was the best linebacker in football in five separate seasons.
He is also a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.
So he is already recognized as being one of the best players during his era.
It should only be a waiting game now for him to eventually head to Canton.
There is the confusing aspect of a player waiting long to get a gold jacket.
Do they get more worthy as time goes on?
The situation may just come down to others being more worthy on a given ballot.
But as time goes on, Thomas’ exclusion will only become more notable.