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Justice Bob Thomas in supreme company in Chicagoland Sports Hall

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Updated: October 19, 2012 6:16AM



From the gridiron to the courtroom, Justice Bob Thomas of the Illinois Supreme Court will achieve another milestone in his remarkable career Wednesday evening.

The former Bears kicker will be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame at an annual dinner at the Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero.

‘‘What an honor to be included among such a talented group of Chicago athletes and sports personalities,’’ Thomas said. ‘‘It was a genuine privilege to play 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears, and I am grateful to the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame for adding me to its ranks.’’

Thomas joins a star-studded group of inductees: Bobby Hull, Muhammad Ali, Nellie Fox, Ryne Sandburg, Mabel Landry Staton, Harry Caray, Walter Payton and Mike Ditka.

After playing at Notre Dame, where he kicked the winning field goal in the 1973 national championship game against Alabama, Thomas played 12 seasons in the NFL, 10 of them with the Bears.

He attended law school while playing in the NFL and graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1981.



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