“It’s been a great ride.”
Zach Thomas rejoined his former team, the Miami Dolphins, and retired on the same day.
Thomas and the Miami Dolphins agreed to a 1-day contract worth $1. This allowed Thomas to end his NFL career where it all began. After the Dolphins drafted Thomas back in 1996 in the 5th round, Thomas spent 12 years in Miami before playing for 2 more teams.
Like the Baltimore Ravens own Ray Lewis who was considered too small for the NFL (and also drafted in 1996), Thomas shared the same hurdles of being undersized. Well just like Lewis, Thomas proved the critics wrong. In Thomas’ 14-year career, he totaled 1,076 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 17 interceptions. He was among the top tacklers in the league throughout his career, and he also boasts a long list of achievements and awards.
“I want to be a better father.”
Thomas told media that he was enjoying the post-career of football. His new focus was spending more time with his wife and son. Thomas said he wants to be a better father and husband to his family.
This is most definitely an end or an era of linebackers. Thomas played with great passion and intensity on every down. He showed that size doesn’t always matter. His stout career is causing many to wonder if he should be considered in the NFL Hall of Fame. I’m not sure if I can totally agree with that, but what I do agree with is the greatness of Thomas as a linebacker. Hopefully many more men like him will follow.