Zach Thomas selected as part of Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas sets on defense against the Carolina Panthers September 25, 2005 in Miami. The Dolphins defeated the Panthers 27 to 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) (Al Messerschmidt, Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The long wait is finally over.

Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Thomas joins the Class of 2023 and will become the 11th Dolphins player or coach to be enshrined.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Thomas said. “Growing up in Texas, I dreamed of playing football at any level. To have played at Texas Tech and then be drafted by the Dolphins was the ultimate. It was indeed a dream come true. I want to thank my family for all the sacrifices they made for me over the years. I could never have accomplished this without your love and support. Thank you to all of my teammates. Each of you made me a better player and are a big part of where I am today. I’m looking forward to celebrating this with all of you. Thanks to all my coaches, trainers and equipment staff for helping this honor become a reality. Lastly, I want to thank the Dolphins fans. Your support means everything to me.”

Thomas spent 12 of his 13 seasons with Miami after being selected in the fifth-round of the 1996 NFL Draft.

Thomas was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro five times.

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David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.