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You're A Good Man, Emmitt Thomas

I was happy to see Art Monk and Darrell Green head to the Hall of Fame after careers which were fantastic at worst and transcendent at best. There wasn't a bad candidate in the whole crop, I thought, with Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman also solid choices. All good, all good.

Oh yeah, and then there's assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas:

"I'm on cloud nine," Thomas said in a phone interview. "It's been a rough 24 hours waiting, and the final 30 minutes of waiting, I thought it was never going to happen. When it happened, oh my goodness, everybody was so happy."

It couldn't have happened to a classier guy. Despite being put in an awful situation at the end of the year, Thomas did the best he could and even came back to this raging train wreck for next season. He also was a pretty decent player, racking up 58 career interceptions and flashing coverage skills that we only wish we saw from our current crop of corners. It took him a very, very long time to get in, and he'll never be compared to the jaw-dropping Green. He's definitely earned the entrance, though, and I have to commend him. If nothing else came out of this season, at least we all learned a little bit more about one of the NFL's most decent guys.

Happy Hall, Emmitt.