Zach Thomas was one of the premier linebackers in the NFL for over a decade, and he's one of the best defensive players in Miami Dolphins history.
It didn't take long for him to make an impact at the NFL level, either, as he announced his presence in a big way in his first NFL game in 1996.
Making his pro debut against the division rival New England Patriots, Thomas made sure the Pats new his name right away, proving he was going to be a force to be reckoned with.
The Patriots tried a little trickery by giving it to wide receiver Shawn Jefferson while down 14 points in the fourth quarter. Thomas sniffed it out and obliterated Jefferson.
Thomas was named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1996, and he went on to be a seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro in Miami. As for Jefferson? Apparently there were no hard feelings, as he spent three years as the Dolphins' wide receivers coach from 2016 to 2018.
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