Zach Thomas named Pro Football HOF finalist

Pampa and White Deer-native Zach Thomas is one step closer to pro football immortality after being named one of 15 finalists to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

“I am humbled and honored to have my name again be among the finalists for consideration into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Thomas told reporters earlier this week. 

“Just being in the conversation, I feel like I won. Coming from a small town in Texas and getting this far is bigger than I ever allowed myself to dream. The game was my life for 28 years and I enjoyed every moment of it. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Thomas played 13 years in the NFL, 12 years for the Miami Dolphins, where he racked up 20.5 sacks, 1,107 solo tackles, 17 interceptions (four for touchdowns) and forced 17 fumbles (recovering eight).

Thomas is ranked fifth all-time in the solo tackles and is a seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time First Team All-Pro and is in the College Football Hall of Fame (Texas Tech 1992-95) and Pampa Harvester Hall of Fame (Class of 1992, Inducted 2014-15).

Thomas joins 14 other modern-era finalists in Jared Allen, Ronde Barber, Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Alan Faneca, Torry Holt, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Clay Matthews, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Reggie Wayne and Charles Woodson named on Tuesday.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees will be revealed during the NFL Honors on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The enshrinement for the Pro Football hall of Fame will be on Sunday, Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.

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