Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Thomas Everett

Thomas Everett


  • Position: Safety
  • School: Baylor
  • High School: Daingerfield, TX (Daingerfield HS)
  • Years: 1983-1986
  • Inducted: 2006
  • Place of Birth: Daingerfield, TX
  • Date of Birth: Nov 21, 1964
  • Jersey Number: 27
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 180

Member Biography

Thomas Everett set a standard that all future defensive backs must match as the first-ever winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation�s top defensive back. Not only was he adept at coverage and as a tackler but also was a fine punt returner. Everett came to Baylor University from Daingerfield (TX) High School. With the Tigers he played seven positions including quarterback. As a freshman, Everett became a starter at cornerback halfway through the season. He opened the next year at corner but was moved to safety in his second game. There he blossomed making 99 tackles and making the most dramatic play of the season against Texas. A 46-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed an upset win over the Longhorns. In his junior year he blossomed into one of the best D-backs in the nation earning first team All-America honors and earning the first of two consecutive SWC defensive player of the year honors. That year the Bear defense was the third toughest in the nation against the pass. In his Thorpe winning senior year he became a unanimous All-America as Baylor boasted of having the nation�s number three overall defensive unit. Thomas was drafted in the fourth round by Pittsburgh and enjoyed a nine-year NFL career appearing in one Pro Bowl and two Super Bowls. In Super Bowl XXVII he had two interceptions. After football, Everett began a career working with young athletes.