Former Alabama linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, reports ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy.
Thirteen more players and two coaches will also be inducted when the names are announced Thursday afternoon.
Thomas played at Alabama from 1985-88 and won the Butkus Award in 1988 as nation's top linebacker. In his senior season, he had 27 sacks and was named a first-team All-American.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 1989 NFL draft, and he went on to record 126.5 sacks in his career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Thomas, a nine-time Pro Bowler and three-time first team All-Pro, died in 2000 at the age of 33 after an automobile accident that initially left him paralyzed.SI.COM STAFF: The 100 things we’re most excited for in the 2014 college football season (Nos. 60-41)