The league announced six new inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame including Falcons assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas. Thomas has been an assistant coach in the NFL for the past 27 years, but it was his 13-year playing career as a defensive back with the Kansas City Chiefs that got him this illustrious honor. Also being inducted were cornerback Darrell Green, wide receiver Art Monk, linebacker Andre Tippett, defensive end Fred Dean, and offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman.
Thomas, 64, career with the Chiefs began in 1966. Over the course of his career, Thomas appeared in 181 games, was selected to five Pro Bowls, and appeared in two Super Bowls. His 58 career interceptions currently rank 9th all-time in league history, and he led the league twice in that category (1969, 1974). He has 937 career interception return yards and 5 touchdowns. Thomas was inducted in the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1986.
Recently Thomas was retained by new head coach Mike Smith as assistant head coach. He served as the team’s interim head coach for the final three games of this past season following the resignation of Bobby Petrino.