Zach Thomas was a pretty great player in both the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and in college with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The latter team will be honoring the player by placing him in their Ring of Honor later this year.
The team announced that Thomas will become the fifth member of the Red Raiders’ Ring of Honor later this year. He will join Donny Anderson, Gabe Rivera, E.J. Holub and Dave Parks in a special ceremony on Oct. 21.
During his four-year career with the Red Raiders, Zach Thomas recorded 390 tackles, 131 of which came during his senior year, and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown to seal a victory over archrival Texas A&M in 1995. He led the team to three bowl games, was twice named Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year adn was inducted into the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame.
“This is a tremendous honor for me and my family.” Thomas said. “Texas Tech paved the way for me to be successful not only in college but in the NFL as well so I cannot thank our university enough. I’m proud to be associated with the likes of Donny Anderson, E.J. Holub, Dave Parks and Gabe Rivera. To be mentioned in the same sentence with those Texas Tech legends is truly an honor.
“I can’t wait to bring my son into Jones AT&T Stadium and have him see my name displayed on the stadium wall. That will be a memory I’ll cherish forever. I’d like to point out that my name is being recognized because of the teammates and coaches I was fortunate to play alongside. This may be an individual honor but football is a team game, and I would have never achieved many of the accomplishments in my career without my teammates and coaches.”
Thomas moved on to the NFL where he spent 12 of his 13 years with the Dolphins. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.