Brian Urlacher campaigns for Zach Thomas’ election into the Hall of Fame

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Zach Thomas has made the list of Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists three times. Yet, 14 years after he retired from the NFL, the former linebacker remains wanting.

Brian Urlacher wonders how he made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2018 and Thomas doesn’t yet have a bust in Canton.

“I’m going to give you one guy – Zach Thomas,” Urlacher said on the Pat McAfee Show last week, via USA Today. “How the f— is Zach Thomas not in the Hall of Fame? Put his stats up with mine, Ray [Lewis], any other linebacker who’s even close to the Hall of Fame or been in the Hall of Fame. He’s right there with us, if not better in every category. . . . It pisses me off. Every year I advocate for him to get in, and he was a finalist a couple years, but they don’t put him in. I don’t understand.”

In 184 NFL games, Thomas had 1,727 tackles, 17 interceptions, 20.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and four touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl eight times, was a five-time All-Pro selection and made the all-decade team for the 2000s.

Thomas played 12 seasons for the Dolphins and retired after playing the 2008 season with the Cowboys.

It’s enough, in Urlacher’s mind, that Thomas already should have a bust in Canton.

“Maybe because he’s 5-10,” Urlacher said. “I don’t know. I have no idea. I don’t know. I don’t get it. It pisses me off.”

22 responses to “Brian Urlacher campaigns for Zach Thomas’ election into the Hall of Fame

  1. I saw him play his career. I think he should be in, in fact if you would have asked me I would have probably have told he is in just assuming that he was.

  2. Yeah, I don’t get it either. Jason Taylor had loads of talent, but Zach was incredibly smart and tough as nails. To see Boselli get in but not Thomas? I have no idea why.

  3. I agree with Urlacher.

    I also don’t like how the goalposts get moved for certain people where the argument gets shifted for one guy and then it doesn’t apply to another.

    Like, Thomas has no postseason anything, but that shouldn’t matter. His production and consistency for 10 years was top notch.

    Then you look at gamers who had good, consistent production for a while and were postseason successes, did things that go unnoticed, etc, but contributed at a high level as a key piece on a team concept, and they don’t even get a nod to even have a chance. The production wasn’t as high as a Zach Thomas but their constant key contributions weren’t an accident either.

    Nick Bunoconti is in the HoF, Zach Thomas isn’t and someone like Tedy Bruschi who has stats that are as good or better than Bunoconti with 3 rings and 5 SBs he played in, somehow can’t even get a vote. Makes no sense.

    Not every player does the exact same things but you can check off enough boxes to acknowledge what tbey did really well to consider them.

    Zach Thomas should be in over Tony Boselli who had a very short career and was a soft, overrated player.

  4. I lived in FL when Zach came to town. He was a surprise right from rookie training camp. I think he was drafted in 5th or 6th round, so not much was expected. But had heart like no one else. And a neck like a thigh.He never took a play off and rarely had a bad day. He and Jason Taylor were the only thing going fir some bad Dolphins teams. But honestly, because he doesn’t have the best stats, he’s overlooked for the dominant impact he made week after week.

  5. Thomas played long enough and he has good stats.
    If that’s the bar for getting in, then yeah, put him in.
    But only the generation of Dolphins fans who grew up watching him think he’s an all-time great.
    I say wait 15 more years and let him in as a senior inductee.

  6. Every Dolphins fan, Jason Taylor, Kevin Mawae, Peyton Manning, Brian Urlacher and the list goes on. How long until they stop playing favorites and announce what Zach Thomas deserved years ago. He is a Hall of Famer and the fact he was small and slow made what he did even more impressive. Between him and Taylor THOMAS was more deserving. He was more consistent and was the leader of the defense yet Taylor gets in because hes taller and was on dancing with the stars. Meanwhile youre getting Terrell Davis’ and Tony Boseeli in the HOF which has opened the door for many players who were clearly more deserving because the selection committee has watered down the requirements to far. The fact T.O. wasnt first ballet tells you how this committee operates. If they cant see that Zach Thomas belongs in the Hall of Fame then how many more Hall of Famers have to TELL THEM HE IS before they give the man what he EARNED. Stop playing favorites. Study the tape, look at the accomplishments. No more finalists bids. GIVE 54 HIS BUST!!!!!!!!!!

  7. If he bested incoming HOFer Tony Boselli for one game, that should get him in.

  8. Is there nothing left in this country that doesn’t have some sort of lobby behind it?

  9. The NFL HOF is a joke. It’s a popularity contest. Other snubs include Reggie Wayne, Torry Holt, Sam Mills,Patrick Willis, Clyde Simmons, Seth Joyner. I’d even throw Steve Tasker in as a snub.

  10. He’s right. Zack was a beast of a player and game-changer. He was also a class guy and a great team leader. I am sure if you asked anyone that coached against Zack Thomas including Belichick they would agree with Urlacher 100%.

  11. Jerry Jones was inducted. That tells you right there the HOF doesn’t focus on who is worthy.

    Contributor? Don Coryelle did way more for the GAME than Jones ever did.

  12. Citing tackles as a positive defensive stat is weird — the longer it takes for your defense to get the offense off the field, the more tackles you accrue. I recall Zach’s Dolphins D spending a lot of time on the field, hence lots of tackles for Zach.

    He hung around a long time though. Cool that.

  13. I like Urlacher and Thomas. But I’m gonna take the curmudgeonly route here and suggest that neither is quite Hall-worthy…They should both be juuuuust on the outside looking in. They were very good players, but without real legendary status.

    The Hall should be veiled in an aura of absolute greatness and mystique. These guys were movers and shakers, to be sure, but not legends.

  14. Zach Thomas retired as statistically the greatest MLB in NFL history. Can anyone name me a player in any sport (even if they were since passed) that retired as the best ever at what they did and not make that sports Hall of Fame? I have no idea what the bias against him is.. he should have been first ballot. Is it his height????

  15. Between him and Simeon Rice…..I don’t get it either. It’s become a popularity contest and that’s a bit embarrassing to be honest.

  16. yeahbut says:
    June 20, 2022 at 10:46 am
    Citing tackles as a positive defensive stat is weird — the longer it takes for your defense to get the offense off the field, the more tackles you accrue. I recall Zach’s Dolphins D spending a lot of time on the field, hence lots of tackles for Zach.

    He hung around a long time though. Cool that.


    He played 12 years and retired with the most tackles in NFL history… he was statistically the best at his position EVER when he retired, and arguably the single greatest coverage linebacker to ever play the game…. I have no idea what you’re talking about man.. the guy averaged over 140 tackles a season and had 17 career INT’s.. there are pro bowl CB’s who’ve played for years without that many picks lol…. please learn who this man was.

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