Zach Thomas came back to the Dolphins for one day, joining the team with the idea of signing a one-day contract with the Dolphins to retire. The one-day contract, officially worth $1—but in actuality, worth so much more to Thomas, who was not happy with the way things ended with Miami when he left the team two seasons ago.
“I’m a little bit nervous right now,” Thomas said at the team’s training facility in Davie, Fla. “More nervous than any game I ever played.”
Only a fifth-round draft pick out of Texas Tech in 1996, Thomas became a star during 12 seasons with the Dolphins. He was one of the faces of the franchise along with the likes of Dan Marino and Jason Taylor, who became Thomas’ brother-in-law.
“I am both sad and happy that after 28 years of football, I am finally calling it quits,” Thomas said. “The game has been good to me. I am happy for the Miami Dolphins organization and this regime right now … they have a lot of more things on their plate that is bigger than the retirement of Zach Thomas. For them to go out of their way and have this day for me, I am very grateful.”
Thomas had 1,038 tackles, 19 1/2 sacks and 17 interceptions in 168 games for the Dolphins, and he was chosen for seven Pro Bowls.
“As the team’s owner, I want to welcome him back to the Dolphins and I certainly hope he continues to make his presence felt,” Stephen Ross said. “He’s a great role model for our players and we’re proud of everything he has done throughout his career to represent this franchise. He gave his heart and soul to this team, and we all were better for it.”