DERRICK THOMAS: HALL OF FAMER
Just finished watching Carl Peterson give Derrick Thomas’ pro football Hall of Fame induction speech… Sad is the only word that comes to mind. Seeing his former coach Marty Schottenheimer with tears running down his eyes gave me the chills. For those of you that don’t know who Derrick Thomas is, shame on you. Derrick Thomas was one of the best linebackers in NFL History. Derrick Thomas played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989 to 1999. He made the pro-bowl 9 times during his 11 year career. He holds the record for # of sacks in a single game, at 7. That’s right folks, seven sacks… Talk about a nightmare for quarterbacks. His career was cut short when he was thrown from his car in a 1999 accident, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. About 1 year later, he died of pulmonary embolism. That was the day the Chiefs’ defense died. That was the day the Chiefs’ franchise died. Derrick Thomas was my favorite player. My Derrick Thomas jersey hasn’t been worn since. The only football jersey that I’ve ever owned. Rest in peace Derrick Thomas, there hasn’t been a player like you since. Won’t ever be one either.
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