It's worth saluting this year's class. Props to Bruce Smith, who I hated in all the right ways. Props to Rod Woodson, who seemingly could do anything in the secondary. Props to Bullet Bob Hayes, who altered the Wide Receiver position. But more than anything, props to Derrick Thomas' family. Good God was he a force of nature--especially early in his career. I still remember that game against Dave Krieg. It was terrible to lose him the way we did. His son looks just like him.

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