Last Summer in Ohio, a class of Hall-of-Fame football players were ready for induction into immortality. It isn’t a fair comparison, so much like Tony Stark throwing out holographic images of a Mark-54 Ironman suit in the workshop, I’m tossing those guys into the senior trash-bin; respectfully of course. The August tradition is unlike any other in sports, in my opinion. *(This includes Thomas’ years with MIA and not including his 2008 season in Dallas). Top Ten Solo Tackle leaders from 1996-2007 NFL Seasons, Top Ten Assisted Tackle leaders from 1996-2007 NFL Seasons, Top Ten Combo Tackle leaders from 1996-2007 NFL Seasons, Top Ten Tackle For Loss leaders from 1996-2007 NFL Seasons. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. Ray Lewis is as close as it gets to Seau, and there is zero argument from me on the rightful inclusion of Urlacher, but where is the third on this trio of the “Best Middle Linebackers of the Late 1990’s/Early 2000’s," other than Junior? This was his Borg-McEnroe. I can’t help but want to place Singletary and Lambert back in the old-school NFL Films division so I am tempted to slice this down to three, even though I am very loyal to thou elders and respectful to those who made this league what it is today. A fan-base that takes its history seriously, sometimes more than it’s present while praying its future can bring back the glory days of the past. Gold Jackets worn, bronze busts sculpted, and the silver-lining that comes with the finality of a career. He played the game correct, with passion and purpose and lives his life that way as well. This Miami Dolphins fanbase has been waiting for another hero to “Don” more than just an Aqua jacket. Should the Dolphins return to the throwbacks full-time? They very well could be the best of the bunch at their respective areas of the gridiron and belong in an Elite class all by themselves. Chuck Bednarik, Bobby Bell, Robert Brazile, Derrick Brooks, Nick Buoniconti, Dick Butkus, Harry Carson, George Connor, Chris Doleman, Bill George, Kevin Greene, Jack Ham, Chris Hanburger, Ted Hendricks, Sam Huff, Rickey Jackson, Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, Ray Lewis, Ray Nitschke, Les Richter, Dave Robinson, Joe Schmidt, Junior Seau, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas, Andre Tippett, Brian Urlacher, Dave Wilcox. Mawae, a former Tennessee Titan, but arguably much more-so a Gang Green favorite New York Jet, shocked the Miami Dolphins and overall football world. I look forward to the day I travel to Canton. Get. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Two all-timers, battling several times with nothing but respect for one another, and an equally burning fire to win their match-up. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To witness Zach Thomas taking his rightful place among the greats. Now let’s do what many people do, and I say this with a virtual tear, and that be to forget about the past. With Urlacher starting his career a few seasons after Thomas, this is not a study to take away anything from the Bears version of #54 whatsoever, but I will add that tale-of-the-tape of those two in a moment. Get Directions. Let's get it. Like if I was the recipient of a Zach Thomas torpedo-dive tackle, I was almost knocked out. Stats mean a lot in Hall-of-Fame voting and debating, as do intangibles such as leadership, philanthropy, and legacy, all of which Zach Thomas has in droves. Please, open your collective eyes and see the waves of Orange and Aqua, pleading with your voters, who will undoubtedly flood Canton with commerce that glorious Summer weekend. I was born and raised here in Johnson County, Kansas. Football is a game of momentum, so while we are trimming faster than the payroll of the current Dolphins, let’s get one more decade and lose the stars of the ‘60s and ‘70s because, again, it’s a different era altogether. For purposes of this homage to Thomas, and to Carlin, let’s first and foremost pay our respects to the late Miami Legend, Nick Buoniconti. This is something we should never do, but for this study, let’s get rid of those old-school “leatherheads,” and non-modern era middle linebackers. It's time for a District attorney that reduces crime versus allowing YOY increases in JoCo. Mawae used his valuable moments and platform to talk about the man he had to prepare for twice a year, for nearly a decade. Zach Thomas is running to become the Johnson County Kansas District Attorney. The 1996 5th round draft pick, number 154th overall from Texas Tech and Bob Hope All-American, played a career that should be taught to young prospects at every step of the way. 913-717-9881. A rival whom he took issue with not being a Hall-of-Fame colleague. Those five immortals are Jack Lambert, Mike Singletary, Ray Lewis, Junior Seau and most recently and with being deservingly so, Brian Urlacher. Now it is time for the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame to do what is necessary. The size of his heart, grit, and determination is second to none and in vast contrast to his frame and underdog tag.

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