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Zach Thomas | Hall of Fame

Zach Thomas - Linebacker - Hall of Fame - Class of 2023
Zach Thomas | Class of 2023 Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced linebacker Zach Thomas has been elected as part of the nine-man Class of 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thomas is the 11th player or coach from the Miami Dolphins to earn the game's greatest honor.

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"On behalf of the entire Dolphins organization and our fans around the world, I want to congratulate Zach on his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a joy to watch him play the game. Zach's accomplishments on the field made him one of the greatest players in NFL history. His development from a fifth-round draft choice to a perennial Pro Bowl selection to receiving the most prestigious honor this game has to offer is a testament to his ability as both a player and a student of the game. As great as he was on the field, he is even better as a family man and a role model. We look forward to celebrating with him in Canton."


"Zach is now where he belongs – enshrined with the greatest to ever play the game of football in the Hall of Fame. Zach played with an incomparable intensity and passion; and as impressive is the way Zach lives his life with humility, kindness and a love for his family, teammates and community. We are so proud that Zach was and will forever be a Miami Dolphin and a Pro Football Hall of Famer."


"Congratulations to Zach Thomas on being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is an honor that is truly deserved. Zach was the consummate professional, on and off the field. His passion and work ethic were second to none. He was an unheralded fifth-round draft pick who made an instant impact for the Dolphins. His leadership, football intelligence and drive to be great were evident immediately to teammates and coaches. He gave everything he had to the Miami Dolphins for 12 great seasons. I, like Dolphins fans all over the world, are thankful to have been able to watch Zach play football. He defined what it meant to be a Miami Dolphin. The Miami Dolphins organization is proud to celebrate Zach Thomas the person and NFL Hall of Famer."


"Zach Thomas ranks as one of my favorite players of all time. Having coached 10 Hall of Fame players in my career, I believe Zach deserves to be in that group. Zach was a coach's dream as a leader and a player. I never had any player that prepared himself as well as Zach. He belongs in the Hall."

QB DAN MARINO (1996-99)*

"Everything about Zach said Hall of Fame. His statistics, how he played, the winning defenses he led, the Pro Bowls and his knowledge of the game all jump out at you. He was not only certain to be in the right spot and get to the ball, but he would get everyone else lined up before the snap. He was the quarterback of that defense and he made his teammates better. Even though I was a veteran when Zach arrived in 1996, I started looking at how he worked every day and how he prepared and it made you want to improve. You looked at his example and said, 'l want to work like that guy.' And then I saw him play and develop and he got better over 12 years and I soon recognized he was one of the greats of his time."


"Zach was one of those pure football guys that I really admire. There aren't very many players who were as tough, productive and consistent."