Air Force's Thomas, Colorado State's Myers Named to College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012
May 15, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former Air Force safety Scott Thomas and former Colorado State defensive back Greg Myers have been named to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012, announced today by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The Mountain West is one of three leagues (Big 12, Pac-12) with multiple teams represented in the hall's 2012 class.
Thomas, a 1986 graduate of the Air Force Academy, played safety for the Falcons from 1982-85. Under 2011 Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry, Thomas notched 221 career tackles with four tackles for loss, 10 interceptions and 22 pass breakups, while averaging 28.8 yards per kickoff return. He earned consensus All-American honors as a senior in 1985, while leading Air Force to a school-best 12-1 overall record en route to the program's first-ever conference title, a No. 5 national ranking and a 24-16 victory over Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Thomas led the squad with six interceptions that season and became just the seventh player in NCAA history at that time to have a kickoff, punt and interception return for a touchdown in the same season.
Thomas ranks sixth in Air Force history with 10 career interceptions. A special teams standout, he ranks among the Falcons' all-time leaders in kickoff return yardage (657 yards, ninth), kickoff return average (25.2 yards, seventh), punt returns (52, third), punt return yards (613 yards, second) and punt return average (11.7 yards, eighth). He is the only player in AFA history to rank in the top 10 in each category.
Thomas becomes the third Falcon player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Brock Strom (1985) and Chad Hennings (2006). He is also one of five consensus All-Americans in Academy history, joining Strom (1958), Ernie Jennings (1970), Hennings (1987) and Carlton McDonald (1992).
Thomas currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force reserves stationed at Sheppard AFB, Texas, where is the deputy operations group commander for the 80 Fighter Training Group, Air Force reserve liaison, as well as a commercial pilot. He has more than 4,300 flying hours in the F-16C and the T38. His active duty career spanned from 1986-2000 and included service as an instructor pilot in the F-16 and T-38. His career included flying missions during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM where he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Thomas earned national recognition during the Gulf War in 1991 when his F-16 fighter jet malfunctioned at 32,000 feet over enemy territory. He evaded enemy forces for two hours until being rescued by a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter. Altogether, he served over seven months in combat.
Myers becomes the third Colorado State Ram to enter the College Football Hall of Fame, following consensus All-American Thurman McGraw (1981) and former head coach Earle Bruce (2002). Myers earned seven all-conference selections from 1992-95, four as a defensive back and three as a return specialist. He totaled 295 career tackles and 15 interceptions, while leading the NCAA with 555 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns in his senior campaign.
Myers led the Rams to a pair of league championships (1994-95) and consecutive Holiday Bowl berths. During his junior season, Colorado State appeared in the national polls for 13 weeks, including a No. 10 ranking over the last five weeks of the regular season to mark the highest ranking in program history.
Myers became CSU's third consensus All-American in 1995, joining McGraw (1949) and Mike Bell (1978). In addition to being recognized as a two-time All-American and Academic All-American, he capped his collegiate career as the 1995 Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received the 1995 Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the nation's best defensive back. Myers was named to the NCAA Today's Top VIII and earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1996.
A fifth-round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, Myers played five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. He went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Colorado and currently is an anesthesiologist at the Denver Health Sciences Center.
Joining Thomas and Myers in the class of 2012 will be former LSU tailback Charles Alexander, Purdue halfback Otis Armstrong, California quarterback Steve Bartkowski, USC split end Hal Bedsole, Notre Dame tight end Dave Casper, BYU quarterback Ty Detmer, Rice quarterback Tommy Kramer, Syracuse wide receiver Art Monk, UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau and Colorado offensive guard John Wooten. Three coaches will also be recognized, including former Oklahoma State and Miami coach Jimmy Johnson, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum.
The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tues., Dec. 4, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Wed., Jan. 2, 2013, and will be officially enshrined in the summer of 2013.
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