Broderick Thomas – LB (1995)
Broderick Thomas was a former Nebraska Cornhusker and the sixth overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. He played on four NFC teams throughout his career including the Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, and Dallas Cowboys.
In his 1991 campaign with the Bucs, he accounted for 174 total tackles, 11 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. That was not good enough for a Pro Bowl that season though and it was probably because Tampa Bay was wretched during this timeframe.
Four years later, he opted to join Tony Dungy’s Minnesota defense and fill out a trio of Ed McDaniel and Jack Del Rio. At age 28, he was an admirable addition. He was second on the team in tackles (74) behind Ed McDaniel and second in sacks (seven) trailing only John Randle.
The gig lasted one year before Thomas rode off to join the Cowboys. The Vikings went on to spin the wheel for another veteran linebacker the following year, Darryl Talley.