When it comes to American Football news around this time of year chances are that the Superbowl precedes all discussions surrounding the sport.

Whether you are stoked about the Chief's win or devastated about the Eagles' loss, chances are you haven't heard about this piece of news that'll make any Panhandle resident proud.

On February 9th, Pampa-born linebacker for the Miami Dolphins Zach Thomas was announced to be added to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In the nine-man class of 2023, Thomas is now the 11th player from the Miami Dolphins to be inducted into one of the highest honors one can earn in the sport.

Born on September 1, 1973, in Pampa, Texas Zach grew up in a football-loving family and played the sport from a young age, becoming a standout player in high school in White Deer and Pampa which led to him being heavily recruited by colleges. He decided to attend Texas Tech University, where he played for four years and established himself as one of the top college linebackers in the country at the time.

After an impressive college career, Thomas entered the 1996 NFL Draft and was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round. He went on to have a prosperous professional career, earning numerous accolades and establishing himself as one of the best linebackers in NFL history.

And now he will finally be officially recognized for this on Saturday, August 5th later this year.

Regardless of whether you are a Miami Dolphins fan or not, the thought that a Hall of Fame inductee is from Pampa can be seen as an absolute win in the eyes of Panhandle residents.

DID YOU KNOW?: These Famous People Are From Amarillo

These Amarillo natives have each gained some fame to their name. Take a look and see if you recognize them. If you don't, then keep on reading to learn a little more about these 806 success stories.

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.

Google Answers the Top 10 Questions About Amarillo

I love Google. It can literally answer ANYTHING you need it to answer. Whether it's right or wrong is a totally different question.

Recently, I found myself wondering about something and went to Google. And that's when I started noticing the "people also asked..." section and BOY...Some of them made perfect sense, some of them were interesting, and one of them was downright baffling...and it was a top 10 question which is even more absurd.

So let's see what we've got. Here's the top 10 questions as asked to Google about Amarillo.




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